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Deputy Secretary Zoellick: Travel to the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Tunisia, and Egypt for the World Economic Forum

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick traveled to the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Tunisia, May 16-19 prior to his attendance at the World Economic Forum in Sharm Al-Sheikh, Egypt, May 20-21.

During his visit to London May 16-17, Zoellick met with Chancellor Gordon Brown and other senior officials from Prime Minister Tony Blair's government. He participated in a breakfast roundtable of the Atlantic Partnership, and also meet with Conservative Leader David Cameron.

"The U.S. - U.K. relationship is a vital partnership, and we greatly value the U.K.'s diplomatic, security, and humanitarian leadership," said Deputy Secretary Zoellick. "I was privileged to work closely earlier this month with U.K. Secretary of State for International Development Hilary Benn in Abuja, Nigeria, where the United States and the United Kingdom helped push forward the Darfur Peace Agreement. I look forward to good discussions with my U.K. colleagues on the critical implementation of the DPA, as well as on other security, economic, and diplomatic topics."

Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick ,L, shares a private discussion with Dutch Foreign Minister Bernard Bot before a working dinner at the Kasteel de Wittenburg, the Netherlands.
Deputy Secretary shares a private discussion with Dutch Foreign Minister Bernard Bot before a working dinner at the Kasteel de Wittenburg, the Netherlands.
Deputy Secretary Zoellick traveled to The Hague May 17-18 for bilateral and regional consultations with Foreign Minister Bernard Bot and Development Minister Agnes Van Ardenne.

"The United States appreciates the good relationship we have with our Dutch friends, including the Netherlands' contributions to the international effort in Afghanistan," said Zoellick. "My discussions with Ministers Bot and Van Ardenne will focus on important bilateral and global issues, such as energy security. The Netherlands has also graciously offered to host a conference to support the reconstruction and development of Darfur, in concert with the implementation of the Darfur Peace Agreement."

In Tunis from May 19-20, Zoellick met with senior Tunisian officials to listen and learn and explore ways to broaden U.S.-Tunisian cooperation.

"The United States and Tunisia can work together to promote peace, development, and security in the region," said Zoellick. "I look forward to learning more about Tunisia's perspectives on the common terrorist threat and exploring ways that Tunisia can advance political and economic reform."

Following his visit to Tunisia, Deputy Secretary Zoellick traveled to Sharm al-Sheikh for the World Economic Forum, where he participated in a "Conversation on Freedom and Development in the Middle East," and have numerous sessions with government and private sector leaders from across the region. Zoellick also met the U.S. Congressional delegation attending the event. [Photos from the trip

Remarks by Deputy Secretary
--05/21/06  Remarks During Press Roundtable in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
--05/19/06  Remarks During Press Conference in Tunis, Tunisia
--05/18/06  Remarks During Press Conference in The Hague
--05/17/06  Interview by Mina Al-Oraibi of Asharq Al Awsat

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