Hillary Clinton is planning her first trip to Norway as U.S. Secretary of State, and will come to northern Norway in June, according to NRK.
Clinton will visit Bodø, Tromsø or Kirkenes during her time in the Norwegian Arctic. The trip provides a very important opportunity for Norway and the United States, who are NATO allies, to strengthen their relationship in the area of northern issues.
Clinton came to Norway in 2004 to visit Svalbard and observe the effects of climate change on the Arctic.
The U.S. Secretary of State has spoken many times on environmental issues and is involved in the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, a global effort launched in February 2012 to fight climate change and strengthen energy security.
As U.S. Secretary of State, Clinton’s job invoves “acting as the President’s representative at all international forums; negotiating treaties and other international agreements, and conducting everyday, face-to-face diplomacy,” according to the state department’s website.
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