Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 5, 2012

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip H. Gordon will travel to France, Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo, and Cyprus July 6-14.

Assistant Secretary Gordon is accompanying Secretary Clinton to Paris for the third meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People as well as to meetings with French officials.

In Dubrovnik, Croatia, Assistant Secretary Gordon will meet with high-level government officials to underscore the close partnership and friendship the United States and Croatia enjoy. He will also meet with a wide range of regional leaders attending the Croatia Summit, at which he will also deliver remarks.

Assistant Secretary Gordon will then travel to Belgrade, Serbia, to meet with senior government officials to underscore U.S. support for the formation of a new government committed to working towards Serbia’s European future, particularly with respect to regional stability and a constructive relationship with Kosovo.

In Pristina, Kosovo, Assistant Secretary Gordon will meet with senior government officials to congratulate Kosovo on the planned end of supervised independence this September and to continue encouraging Kosovo’s leaders to work on European integration. Assistant Secretary Gordon will also visit northern Kosovo and receive a briefing from NATO’s Kosovo Force (KFOR) and European Union Rule of Law Mission (EULEX) officials.

In Cyprus, Assistant Secretary Gordon will meet with European Union Political Directors to discuss the range of European and global challenges on which we are closely coordinating with our EU partners. In Nicosia, he will also meet with Republic of Cyprus officials and other Cypriot interlocutors.

PRN: 2012/1094