Secretary Clinton: Travel to Algeria and the Balkans

October 29, 2012 to November 2, 2012


Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, and Croatia from October 29 to November 2.

On October 30 in Algeria, the Secretary consulted with President Bouteflika on issues of bilateral and regional concern and followed up the productive discussions on economic and security cooperation at the U.S-Algeria Strategic Dialogue held in Washington on October 19.

The Secretary then traveled to the Balkans to demonstrate the enduring U.S. interest, commitment and support for its future in the European and Euro-Atlantic community. She was joined by Baroness Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Kosovo.

In Sarajevo, the Secretary and High Representative Ashton underlined the urgent need for party leaders to serve the interests of the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina and accomplish necessary reforms, and stressed the immutability of the international community’s commitment to the Dayton Peace Accords.

In both Belgrade and Pristina, in addition to discussing issues of bilateral interest, Secretary Clinton and High Representative Ashton  reiterated U.S.-EU resolve for Serbia and Kosovo to build on previous agreements and advance their dialogue, as well as to encourage concrete steps that will allow those countries to progress on their respective paths to EU membership.

In Tirana, the Secretary highlighted solidarity with NATO ally Albania and help mark the 100th anniversary of Albanian independence with an address to the Parliament, while marking the critical need for greater political cooperation and the rule of law.

In Zagreb, Secretary Clinton discussed Croatia’s role as a NATO ally, its upcoming entry to the European Union in 2013, and its economic situation.

11/01/2012  Meeting with Staff and Families of Embassy Tirana
11/01/2012  Remarks Before Meeting with Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha
11/01/2012  Remarks Commemorating 100 Years of Albanian Independence
11/01/2012  Remarks at the Presentation of the Order of the National Flag
11/01/2012  Meeting with Embassy Zagreb Staff and Their Families
10/31/2012  Remarks With Croatian President Ivo Josipovic After Their Meeting
10/31/2012  Remarks With Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and EU High Representative Catherine Ashton
10/31/2012  Meeting with Embassy Pristina Staff and their Families
10/30/2012 Joint Press Statements by Secretary Clinton, Serbian Prime Minister Ivaca Dacic, and EU High Representative Cathy Ashton
10/30/2012 Meeting With Staff and Families of Embassy Belgrade
10/30/2012 Remarks With Bosnian Presidency Chairman Bakir Izetbegovic and EU High Representative Lady Catherine Ashton
10/29/2012 Background Briefing With a Senior State Department Official
10/29/2012 Remarks at the Meeting With Staff and Families of Embassy Algiers
10/29/2012 Remarks Following Meeting With President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
10/28/2012 Background Briefing With Senior State Department Officials En Route to Algiers
10/26/2012 Background Briefing

Press Releases
10/30/2012 U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Programs Promote Security in the Balkans

Secretary's Schedule
Public Schedule for November 1, 2012
Public Schedule for October 31, 2012
Public Schedule for October 30, 2012
Public Schedule for October 29, 2012