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Hillary Clinton to visit Finland, Latvia, Russia next week

06-21-2012 09:31 BJT

WASHINGTON, June 20 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Finland, Latvia, and Russia on June 27-30, the State Department announced on Wednesday.

In Helsinki, Finland, Clinton will hold bilateral meetings with senior Finnish officials to discuss a number of shared foreign policy priorities, including the European economy, Syria, Iran and climate change, department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement.

"She will highlight Finland's commitment and leadership in Afghanistan, specifically on development and women's issues. She will also meet with leaders in innovation, entrepreneurship and civil society," it said.

On June 28, Clinton will then travel to Riga, Latvia, where she will meet with senior Latvian officials "to discuss a range of issues including our joint commitment to NATO missions and priorities and Latvia's recovery from economic crisis," Nuland said.

On the last leg of this tour, Clinton will visit St. Petersburg, Russia, on June 28 to lead the U.S. Delegation to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation's Women and the Economy Forum.

At the forum, participants will focus on leadership and skills and capacity building, two main areas of the San Francisco Declaration on decreasing barriers to women's economic participation, as they relate to innovation, entrepreneurship, and healthy lifestyles.

Clinton also plans to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Nuland said, without disclosing the topics of the meeting.

U.S. President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin just concluded a chilly summit on Monday at Los Cabos, Mexico, on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit, to discuss Syria, Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization and other security issues. The two countries have been at odds on how to deal with such issues as Syria's violence and Iran's nuclear program.

Editor:Sun Luying |Source: Xinhua

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