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Cancellation of Travel to Sweden

Secretary Colin L. Powell
Washington, DC
September 18, 2003

I deeply regret that I am unable to travel to Stockholm for the September 19 memorial service for Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh. I spoke with Swedish Ambassador Jan Eliasson and State Secretary Hans Dahlgren this morning to tell them it was impossible for me to make the trip because Air Force planes have been evacuated in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Isabel.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and colleagues of Anna Lindh, and I had hoped to join them in honoring and cherishing her memory. Anna’s achievements as a national and international leader and her memory as a friend deserve the highest praise and tribute from us all.

I have asked U.S. Ambassador Charles Heimbold to represent me at the memorial service.



Released on September 18, 2003

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