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2005: The Year in Pictures - Strengthening Alliances and Defending Principles

In 19 trips, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice traveled 240,181 miles flying for 502 hours 47 minutes and visited 49 countries. During 2005, the United States also worked with countries around the world to help the victims of terrible natural disasters. As shown in the photos below, for Secretary Rice and the men and women of the U.S. Department of State, 2005 was a year of strengthening alliances and defending principles in support of security, democracy, and prosperity.

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Secretary Rice is applauded as she arrives to introduce President Bush and first lady Laura Bush to American troops based in Germany at the Wiesbaden Army Airfield, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005. Deputy Secretary Zoellick is welcomed by an African Union soldier as he arrives in Northern Darfur regions administrative capital El Fasher, Sudan, Friday, June 3, 2005. AP/Wide World Photo Pakistani students show Under Secretary Hughes their new schoolbooks during the aftermath of the South Asian earthquake. A Thai worker sprays disinfectant on chicken cages to prevent the spread of avian influenza Tuesday, July 12, 2005. [AP Photo]
Secretary Rice with U.S. troops in Germany. Deputy Secretary Zoellick as he arrived in Darfur, Sudan.

Pakistani students showed Under Secretary Hughes their new schoolbooks during the aftermath of the South Asian earthquake. A health worker as he sprayed disinfectant on chicken cages to prevent the spread of avian influenza.

Secretary Rice, center, European Unions Foreign policy chief Javier Solana, left, and international Mideast envoy James Wolfensohn in Jerusalem Tuesday Nov. 15, 2005 [? AP/WWP] Afghan women looks over the ballot during the successful parliamentary and provincial elections held on September 18. Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, Paula Dobriansky, was keynote speaker at the Business Training Summit for Arab Women in Tunis, Tunisia. Secretary Rice addresses the United Nations General Assembly during her travel to New York City to attend the United Nations 60th General Assembly. AP Wide World photo
Secretary Rice announced that Israel and the Palestinians agreed opening the borders of the Gaza Strip. A woman as she looked over the ballot during successful parliamentary elections in Afghanistan. Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, Paula Dobriansky at the Business Training Summit for Arab Women in Tunis, Tunisia. Secretary Rice addressed the United Nations General Assembly.

During his travel to Southeast Asia, Deputy Secretary Zoellick visited Banda Aceh and met with a young tsunami survivor. AP/Wide World photo Secretary Rice met with Almeera Abdul Rahman at a camp in Darfur in western Sudan.  State Department photo Secretary Rice tosses the coin a college football game during her visit to Alambama with British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. [? AP/WWP] Secretary Rice gestures during her speech at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, June 20, 2005., Monday June 20, 2005. AP/Wide World photo
Deputy Secretary Zoellick visited Banda Aceh and met with a young tsunami survivor. Secretary Rice met with Almeera Abdul Rahman at a camp in Darfur in western Sudan. Secretary Rice tossed the coin in a college football game during her visit to Alambama with British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. Secretary Rice during her speech at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

Secretary Rice toured Humanyuns Tomb in New Delhi on March 16, 2005 Secretary Rice remarks on U.S.-European Relations at the Paris Science Politique Institute. During a surprise visit to Iraq on May 15, Secretary Rice is surrounded by troops.  Photo courtesy SSgt Jeromy Cross, USAF/Combat Camera Iraq. Assistant Secretary for South Asian Affairs Christina Rocca and Pakistans State Minister for Economic Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar.
Secretary Rice toured Humanyun's Tomb in New Delhi during her trip to India. Secretary Rice remarked on U.S.-European Relations at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. During a surprise visit to Iraq, Secretary Rice was greeted by U.S. troops. Assistant Secretary Rocca signed an agreement to improve Pakistan's education, health, economic and governance.

Assistant Secretary Noriega and delegation meet with former child combatants at the Semillas de Esperanza ,Seeds of Hope, Specialized Attention Center in Bogot?, Colombia. Secretary Rice met with Gold Medal winning skaters Secretary Rice meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the APEC ministerial meetings in Busan, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005. Secretary Rice in Kabul March 17, 2005 accompanied by U.S. Ambassador ,far right, meets players of Afghan girls soccer team Mar. 17, 2005. State Dept. photo
Assistant Secretary Noriega met with "Seeds of Hope" youth in Bogota, Colombia.

Secretary Rice met with Gold Medal winning skaters in Beijing, China.

Secretary Rice met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the APEC ministerial meetings. Secretary Rice met with players of an Afghan girls soccer team.

Deputy Secretary Zoellick and Under Secretary Sheeran Shiner meet with Chinese officials during U.S. - China Senior Dialogue. Secretary Rice receives flowers from Pakistani children upon her arrival in Islamabad, Pakistan on Wednesday, March 16, 2005. [State Department Photo] Secretary Rice  in Dialogue With Internet Journalists Secretary Rice poses with Thai Foreign Minister Kantathi Suphamongkhon and Thai classical dance performers. Phuket, Thailand, July 10, 2005. U.S. Embassy photo.
Deputy Secretary Zoellick and Under Secretary Sheeran Shiner met with Chinese officials during U.S. - China Senior Dialogue. Secretary Rice met Pakistani children at the Chaklala Airport in Islamabad, Pakistan. Secretary Rice dialogued with Korean Internet journalists during travel to South Korea. Secretary Rice was greeted by Thai classical dance performers during travels to East Asia.


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