Clinton Heads to Mideast, Europe and Russia
Egypt, Israel and Europe all on the itinerary
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 28, 2009 8:28 AM CST
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton makes a statement about the 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices in this Feb. 25, 2009 file photo.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton is using her second overseas trip as the nation's top diplomat to assess peace prospects in the Middle East, reconnect with European allies, and discuss America's strained relationship with Moscow with her Russian counterpart. Clinton will begin the weeklong journey in Egypt, where she'll attend an international conference on Gaza and announce $900 million in US aid for rebuilding.

Clinton will then visit Israel and the West Bank to underscore President Barack Obama's commitment to finding a "two-state solution." After that, she'll head to Europe, where one assistant secretary says she'll focus on "consolidating some of the enormous political goodwill and harnessing it to a common agenda—not an American agenda but a common trans-Atlantic agenda." From there, she'll head to Russia to discuss arms control.