First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton To Visit Germany, Bosnia, Italy, Turkey And Greece
White House Press Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Lisa Caputo / Neel Lattimore / Karen Finney 202-456-2960
March 15, 1996
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton To Visit
Germany, Bosnia, Italy, Turkey And Greece
Washington, D.C.-- First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton will make
an official visit to Baumholder, Germany; Tuzla, Bosnia; Aviano,
Italy; Turkey and Greece March 23 - April 1, 1996. Mrs.
Clinton's visit serves to affirm the United States' commitment to
democracy in that region of the world and to encourage and
support American troops in Bosnia and their families.
In Baumholder, Germany, Mrs. Clinton will spend time with the
families of American troops serving in Bosnia. Mrs. Clinton had
previously visited with many of these families on December 2,
1995 and promised to return to carry their messages and letters
to the troops.
In Bosnia, the First Lady will spend time with the American
troops and with representatives of American Nongovernmental
Organizations (NGOs) as well as Bosnian government, civic and
religious leaders who are working to establish stability, peace
and democracy in the region. Sheryl Crow, Grammy award winning
singer will accompany the First Lady to Germany and Tuzla to
entertain the families and troops. Following the First Lady's
visit to Bosnia, Mrs. Clinton will meet with military family
members at Aviano Air Base in Italy.
The First Lady has been invited by both Turkey and Greece to
visit their countries to underscore the strength of their
friendship and alliance with the United States. These two vibrant
democracies are both under the leadership of new governments.
President Demirel of Turkey will meet with President Clinton
later this month. Greek Prime Minister Simitis will meet with the
President in early April and Greek President Stephanopoulos will
make a state visit to the United States in early May.
While in Turkey, Mrs. Clinton will travel to Ankara, Ephesus and
Istanbul. In Istanbul, the First Lady will meet with religious
leaders representing the many faiths of Turkey convened by the
prestigious Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture
(Irica). She will also emphasize the significant role of
secular/civic society in Turkey through discussions with Turkish
women about health, family and economic issues and a site visit
to a Usaid-supported family planning clinic which partners with
Baltimore, Maryland's John Hopkins Hospital to train medical
In Greece, Mrs. Clinton will visit Athens, the birthplace of
democracy, focusing attention on the historic connections between
the Greek democratic idea and America's own commitment to
democracy; our support for democracies around the world and for
those countries still struggling toward democracy -- all themes
which resonate throughout the Clinton administration's foreign
A key component of Mrs. Clinton's goodwill tour of Greece will be
her attendance at the torch-lighting ceremony marking the opening
of the 1996 Olympic Games. That same lighted torch is scheduled
to arrive in Los Angeles, California April 27, 1996. The Games,
which will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, this year celebrate their
centennial. The Olympic games were revived in Greece in 1896 by
French Baron Pierre de Coubertin. The President asked Mrs.
Clinton to attend the ceremony to pay tribute to the ideals of
the Olympic movement.
Editor'S Note: Press Wishing To Accompany The First Lady On The
Trip Should Contact Neel Lattimore At 202-456-2960 By 5:00PM
Monday, March 18, 1996. Space Is Limited And It Will Be
Necessary To Create A Travelling Press Pool.