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Secretary Rice: Travel to Ethiopia and Belgium, First Week of December 2007

Secretary Rice speaks with Secretary General de Hoop Scheffer while visiting the NATO headquarters on Friday, December 7, 2007.  State Department photo by Didier Vandenbosch.
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Secretary Rice mingling with Mission employees in Addis Ababa.
Photos from Ethiopia

In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Secretary attended a meeting with leaders from the African Great Lakes states (Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda) to discuss issues of regional peace and security on December 5. Secretary Rice also engaged in consultations on current developments in Somalia and on implementation of Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) with cabinet ministers from east African countries as well as senior representatives of the African Union and United Nations. She also held bilateral meetings with the Government of Ethiopia.

Secretary Rice arrived in Brussels on December 6 to attend foreign ministerial sessions on December 7 among NATO’s 26 Allies. This includes a meeting of the North Atlantic Council, which is likely to discuss Afghanistan, Kosovo, the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty regime, and the upcoming NATO Summit in Bucharest. She will participate in a meeting of the 26 Allies with NATO’s seven Mediterranean Dialogue partners (Algeria, Egypt, Mauritania, Morocco, Israel, Jordan, and Tunisia) and a session of the NATO-Russia Council. There will also be a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission. She will also take part in a transatlantic dinner bringing together EU and NATO foreign ministers.

Remarks made during the trip
--12/07/07 Remarks at NATO Headquarters
--12/05/07 Joint Press Availability with African Great Lakes State Leaders
--12/05/07 Interview With Tefera Ggedamu of Ethiopia TV
--12/05/07 Statement by the Secretary: Somalia Consultation
--12/05/07 Statement by the Secretary: Meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister
--12/05/07 Statement by the Secretary: Progress Toward Great Lakes Stability
--12/05/07 Statement by the Secretary: Sudan Ministerial
--12/04/07 Briefing En Route Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
--11/30/07 Briefing By Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer on Secretary Rice's Upcoming Travel to Ethiopia

Information related to the trip
--12/05/07 Heads of State Communique Tripartite Plus Joint Commission Summit
--12/05/07 Summary of Conclusions: Tripartite Plus Joint Commission Member States Meeting


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