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Secretary Rice: Travel to the Middle East and Europe, March 3-7, 2008

Secretary Rice is in Brussels for NATO meetings and to speak at the Women Leaders Working Group. AP Images.
Empowering Women To Work for Peace
Secretary Rice (Mar. 6):
"Where states do not or cannot ensure that their people have an opportunity to benefit from globalization, the results are troubling and often the victims are women. ...We in the international community should make sure that we hear the voices of women and account for their concerns whenever we seek to establish or to keep the peace. If we do that, we are actually making the job of keeping the peace easier."

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is traveling to Egypt, Israel, the Palestinian territories and Brussels March 3-7, 2008.

Secretary Rice traveled to Egypt to discuss peace process negotiations and the situation in Gaza with government representatives. Next, she met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to support their ongoing bilateral dialogue and the serious effort underway to achieve agreement this year on the establishment of a Palestinian state, living side by side with Israel in peace and security.

In Brussels, the Secretary participated in a meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers and met with NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and the EU Ministerial troika on March 6. She also delivered keynote remarks at a meeting of the Women Leaders Working Group, organized by EU Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner.
Remarks made during the trip
--03/06/08  Remarks at NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting
--03/06/08 Joint Press Availability With EU Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner
--03/06/08 Remarks to Women Leaders Working Group
--03/05/08 Briefing en Route Brussels
--03/05/08 Remarks With Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni
--03/04/08 Press Availability With Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas
--03/04/08 Joint Press Availability With Egyptian Foreign Minister Aboul Gheit
--03/03/08 Briefing en Route Brussels

Information related to the trip
--03/04/08 Fact Sheet: The United States Government’s Contribution to UNRWA’s 2008 General Fund and Emergency Appeal

--North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Photo Gallery
Prime Minister Olmert gave the Secretary a framed picture of the two of them with President George Bush on his recent visit to Israel. Photo credit: Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, Israel
Photos from Middle East and Belgium

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