Written Answers. - Ministerial Travel.

Paul Kehoe

Question:

167 Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the number of times since his appointment to the Government he has been out of the country on official business; the locations he travelled to, the dates and the reason therefor; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18984/03]

The information requested by the Deputy is set out as follows.

Date

Location

Reason

21-22 June, 2002

Seville

European Council

7-10 July

Greece

State Visit

22 July

Brussels

General Affairs Council

28 August

Sweden

EU Conference on Conflict Prevention

10-16 September

New York

United Nations General Assembly

30 September

Brussels

General Affairs & External Relations Council

9 October

London

Anglo-Irish Meetings

21-22 October

Luxembourg

General Affairs & External Relations Council

24-25 October

Brussels

European Council

31 October

London

Anglo-Irish Meetings

5 November

London

Ireland Fund

16 November

Brussels

Meeting with EU Commissioners

18-19 November

Brussels

General Affairs & External Relations Council

22-27 November

Washington & New York

The Minister met with:US Permanent Representative to the UN Secretary of State National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP)UN Deputy Secretary GeneralUN Under Secretary GeneralUN Assistant Secretary GeneralExecutive Director UNMOVIC

9-10 December

Brussels

General Affairs & External Relations Council

12-13 December

Copenhagen

European Council

4-13 January, 2003

South East AsiaSingapore/Malaysia/Penang

Bi-lateral Meetings with Foreign and Prime Ministers Signing of Chamber of Commerce Cooperation AgreementsCultural Relations

23 January

London

Anglo-Irish Meeting

27-28 January

Brussels

– General Affairs & External Relations Council– EU Asian Ministerial

17 February

Brussels

Special European Summit

19 February

Warsaw

European Convention

20 February

Rome

European Convention

24 February

Brussels

– General Affairs & External Relations Council– Meeting with Dutch FM

11-16 March

San Francisco

St. Patrick Day Events & Official Meetings

18-19 March

Brussels

General Affairs & External Relations Council

Date

Location

Reason

20-21 March

Brussels

European Council

26-27 March

Geneva

United Nations Commission for Human Rights

28 March

Athens

EU-Rio/Andean/Mercosur Ministerial

1-2 April

Luxembourg

Benelux Summit

10 April

London

Anglo-Irish Meeting

16-17 April

Athens

– European Council– Signature of Accession Treaty

1-3 May

Rhodes

Informal Foreign Ministers Ministerial

12-16 May

BalkansSerbia/Montenegro/Bosnia and Herzegovina/Kosovo and Macedonia

Bi-lateral Meetings:Preparations for Ireland's 2004 Presidency of EUPossible areas for developing closer bilateral relationsMeetings with Presidents and Foreign Ministers ofSerbia and MontenegroMeeting with members of the collective Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Foreign Minister and High Representative of the International Community in Bosnia and Representative of the Secretary-General Head of the UN Mission in Kosova and with the President and Prime Minister of KosovaPresident, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Albania,the leading Representative of the Albanian Community and the EU Special Representative of Macedonia.

18-19 May

Brussels

General Affairs & External Relations Council

20 May

London

British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference

26-27 May

Crete

Euromed Conference

16-17 June

Luxembourg

General Affairs & External Relations Council

19-21 June

Thessolonika

– European Council– EU Western Balkans Summit

24-30 June

Middle East (Egypt, Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon)

Minister had bilateral meetings with:Secretary-General of Arab LeagueForeign Minister of EgyptPresident, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Palestinian AuthorityForeign Minister and Minister for Planning and Telecommunications for JordanPresident and Foreign Minister of SyriaPresident and Foreign Minister of Lebanon