Posted: Dec. 3, 2003
Washington -- Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., top
Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will travel this
week, December 1-5, to Europe for meetings with senior elected
officials, military leaders and foreign policy specialists. Biden's
meetings during the week will focus on the status of the vital
trans-Atlantic relationship and Western Europe's involvement in
In Brussels, Biden is scheduled to meet with
NATO Secretary General Lord George Robertson, incoming NATO
Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer (currently Dutch Foreign
Minister), SACEUR General James Jones and the senior NATO military
staff, the European Union's Foreign Policy Coordinator, Javier
Solano; EU Commission President Romano Prodi; U.S. Permanent
Representative to NATO Ambassador Nick Burns; and with several of
the EU's Permanent Representatives, including leading members of the
EU Political and Security Committee. Biden also will address the
TransAtlantic Center of the German Marshall Fund as part of its
Distinguished Speakers Series.
In London, Biden is scheduled to meet with
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw; Tory party leader Michael Howard; and
Nigel Sheinwald, senior Diplomatic Adviser to Prime Minister Blair.
Biden also will address a meeting of the Atlantic Partnership,
chaired by Lord Powell.
In Paris, Biden is scheduled to meet with
President Jacques Chirac; Defense Minister Alliot-Marie; Foreign
Minister Dominique de Villepin; participate in a roundtable seminar
at the Center for the Study of the United States; visit with both
the French Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Foreign
Relations Committee of the National Assembly; and wrap up with
dinner with several leading French politicians, political advisors
and foreign policy experts.
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