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Cathy on a 3-day internship in Washington before the Foreign Affairs Council

(BRUSSELS2) The High Representative of the EU, Catherine Ashton, spends three days in the United States; the country where she has traveled the most since her arrival. She will be in Washington DC for a series of high-level consultations, from Monday to Wednesday, with American officials. On the program, an interview with the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton – with whom she has developed a particularly close relationship – and the national security advisor, Tom Donilon. According to her official program, she is also expected to discuss new developments in Afghanistan and Pakistan with the US special envoy, Marc Grossman, and will also meet the King of Jordan, Abdullah II. Among the subjects considered: Libya, Syria, the Middle East peace process, Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as the Balkans without forgetting US-EU bilateral relations.

A good start for the Foreign Affairs Council of the 27 which will include more or less the same subjects. In fact, on the menu of the Foreign Affairs Council of May 27 and 23: neighborhood policy (i.e. the Mediterranean), the Balkans and in particular Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Middle East, as well as Sudan (also addressed by Development Ministers the next day). NB: the Council of Defense Ministers will be held on Monday afternoon, with the Council of Development Ministers meeting on Tuesday May 24.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).