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Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken on East-European tour. In Bucharest: May 6-7

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken travels to Warsaw, Sofia, Bucharest, and Paris, May 5–10, according to the US Department of State website.

In Warsaw, May 5–6, the Deputy Secretary will meet with senior officials to discuss bilateral and regional issues, including this summer’s NATO summit in Warsaw and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. On May 5, the Deputy Secretary will give remarks on the United States, Europe, and the NATO Alliance at the German Marshall Fund.

On May 6–7, Deputy Secretary Blinken will travel to Sofia for meetings with senior Bulgarian officials to discuss bilateral and NATO cooperation, including follow-up on five U.S.-Bulgaria working groups launched in 2015 by Foreign Minister Mitov and Secretary Kerry on defense cooperation, counterterrorism, energy diversification, the rule of law, and education and people-to-people ties.

May 7–8, the Deputy Secretary will visit Bucharest for meetings with senior government officials to discuss security issues ahead of the NATO summit in Warsaw, bilateral security cooperation, the bilateral economic partnership, and rule of law and government reform efforts. The Deputy Secretary will also meet with business leaders and members of civil society.

The Deputy Secretary’s final stop is in Paris, May 9–10, where he will meet with French officials.

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