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Great Seal Secretaries of State Foreign Travels
From 1866 to June 1999

Last Update: June 30, 1999


Preface

Foreign Travels of the Secretary of State, 1866-1999, prepared by the Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, presents basic information concerning trips taken outside the United States by the Secretary of State.  It includes the first visit of a Secretary abroad in January 1866 (that of William Henry Seward to the Virgin Islands, then a colony of Denmark, and other points in the Caribbean) to the foreign travels of Madeleine K. Albright through December 30, 1999.

Entries cover both official and unofficial travel of the Secretary, including foreign visits taken for vacation purposes, when information concerning such visits is available. Coverage, however, does not include trips to U.S. territories overseas, days spent at sea in international waters, or stops at uninhabited islands. Refueling stops outside the United States during transoceanic flights are not included unless the Secretary met with foreign dignitaries, delivered a speech, or transacted other business.

Entries include the name of the Secretary, the country and the city (locale) or dependent area visited, and the inclusive dates of the visit. When multiple locales appear, they are in the order visited. The last line of each entry includes highlights relating to each visit, such as meetings with foreign dignitaries, international conferences attended, or other purposes of the visit. When a visit was taken in conjunction with a presidential visit, it is so indicated.

The visits are listed in two separate sections: (1) chronologically by Secretary of State; and (2) alphabetically by host country. In the first, dates indicated for each Secretary are for the Secretary's complete tenure in office. In the second, visits to dependent territories are included under the country having sovereignty over the territory at the time of the visit. For example, visits to Algeria prior to 1962, when it gained independence, are under France.  In the country section, entries for countries that no longer exist have been moved under the name of the successor state and cross references provided as needed.  In the entries under the Secretaries, the name of the country as it was at the time of the visit has been retained.  In both sections names and spellings of cities remain as they were at the time of the visit.

The data presented here was collected by Evan M. Duncan of the Special Projects Division, Office of the Historian, and prepared for electronic publication by and James N. McElveen, Vicki E. Futscher, and Rita Baker.

William Z. Slany
The Historian
Department of State

January 1998


Alphabetical List by Secretary

William H. Seward
John Hay
Elihu Root
Philander C. Knox
Robert Lansing
Bainbridge Colby
Charles Evans Hughes
Frank B. Kellogg
Henry Lewis Stimson
Cordell Hull
Edward R. Stettinius, Jr.           
James F. Byrnes
George C. Marshall
Dean G. Acheson
John Foster Dulles
Christian Herter
Dean Rusk
William P. Rogers
Henry A. Kissinger
Cyrus R. Vance
Edmund S. Muskie
Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
George P. Shultz
James A. Baker, III
Warren M. Christopher
Madeleine K. Albright


Alphabetical List by Destination

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Angola
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
The Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Bolivia
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burma
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Chile
China, People's Republic of
China, Republic of
Colombia
Congo
Costa Rica
Cote d'Ivoire
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Estonia
Ethiopia
Fiji
Finland
France
Georgia
German Democratic Republic
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Korea, South
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Liberia
Libya
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands   
Mexico
Moldova
Mongolia
Morocco
Namibia
The Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Nigeria
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Palau
Palestinian Authority
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
St. Lucia
Samoa
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia-Montenegro
Singapore
Slovenia
South Africa
Soviet Union
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Uganda
Ukraine
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vatican City
Venezuela
Vietnam
Vietnam, South
Yemen
Yugoslavia
Zaire
Zambia
Zimbabwe
 


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