6th Transatlantic Gymnich: arrivals
End production: 04/03/2009 First transmission: 04/03/2009
The EU Ministers for Foreign Affairs met with their counterparts of the NATO member countries on 4 March 2009 in Brussels, under the invitation of the Belgian government. It was the 6th Transatlantic Gymnich and the first visit of Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Secretary of State, since she took in office, to Brussels. The Ministers met just before the Summit of the NATO members which would take place on 5 March 2009 in Brussels. They had many issues on the table: Russia, Iran, Afghanistan - after the bomb attack that day which killed three European militaries - and also the Middle East, from where Hillary Rodham Clinton was coming straight.
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||Arrival of Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Secretary of State, with Karel de Gucht, Belgian Minister for Foreign Affairs, at the Palais d'Egmont, and handshake
||Arrival of Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP
||Arrival of Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy
||Arrival of Karel Schwarzenberg, Czech Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council