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Clinton heads to Azerbaijan, Armenia

By the CNN Wire Staff
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Secy. Hillary Clinton visits Poland
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • In Azerbaijan and Armenia, Clinton will talk about media freedom
  • Her five-nation trip ends in Georgia on Monday
  • Clinton says daughter's wedding is most important

(CNN) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues her trip to Central Europe and the Caucasus with stops in Azerbaijan and Armenia on Sunday.

In both nations, she will meet with leaders and talk about the freedom of the media, the state department said.

In Baku, Azerbaijan, Clinton will meet with President Ilham Aliyev and Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov. She will also talk to youth leaders about media freedom and other issues of political participation, said Philip Gordon, assistant secretary of the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, in a briefing last week .

Also Sunday, Clinton heads to Yerevan, Armenia, to meet with President Serzh Sargsyan and Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian.

There, too, she will discuss issues of human rights, democracy and media freedom with civic leaders, Gordon said.

Clinton's five-nation trip began Thursday with a visit to Ukraine. It ends Monday after she concludes a meeting with President Mikheil Saakashvili and other officials in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Clinton spent Saturday in Krakow, Poland, where she delivered a speech at the Schindler Factory Museum, pledging the U.S. will donate $15 million to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation.

Some 1.1 million people perished at the Auschwitz-Berkinau concentration camp.

The two countries also amended their missile defense agreement, formally aligning with the Obama administration's new plan to protect against attacks on the United States and its allies.

Clinton told reporters Saturday she hasn't let her demanding schedule get in the way of what she calls her most important task: wedding planning.

"It's a very happy time for my family," Clinton said during an interview with Polish media. "It (the wedding) truly is the most important thing in my life right now."

Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, is engaged to marry Marc Mezvinsky, the son of former members of Congress Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky of Pennsylvania and Ed Mezvinsky of Iowa.

"I have been able to fit in tastings and dress selections and all the other things the mother of the bride has to do," Clinton said.

 
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