Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
March 26, 2012


Date: 03/28/2012 Description: Assistant Secretary Gordon (left) participates in joint press availability with First Deputy Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic Jiri Schneider. - State Dept Image

Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip H. Gordon traveled to France, Italy, Switzerland and the Czech Republic from March 26-30. While in Paris, France, he met with senior government officials, members of parliament, and opinion-leaders to discuss the full range of bilateral and global issues. On March 27th, Assistant Secretary Gordon traveled to Prague. He met with senior Czech government officials and participated in the U.S.-Czech Strategic Dialogue, an annual event that strengthens the bilateral relationship and examines how to increase cooperation in promoting common values and interests.

On March 29th, in Geneva, Switzerland, Assistant Secretary Gordon represented the United States at the Nineteenth Session of the Geneva Discussions on Georgia. He also held bilateral meetings with senior Russian and Georgian officials. In Rome, Assistant Secretary Gordon met with senior government officials to follow up on the themes of economic and security cooperation discussed during Foreign Minister Terzi’s visit to Washington last month. Assistant Secretary Gordon also met with senior officials at the Holy See to review our ongoing collaboration with the Vatican on the promotion of human rights, the prevention of human trafficking, and the protection of the global environment.

Releases

-- 03/30/12 Interview With Liliana Faccioli Pintozzi of Sky TG-24; Rome, Italy
-- 03/28/12 Joint Press Availability with First Deputy Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic Jiri Schneider; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Prague, Czech Republic