United States presidential visits to Southeast Europe

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There have been twenty-nine United States presidential visits to Southeast Europe by eight U.S. presidents. Dwight D. Eisenhower became the first incumbent president to visit a Southeast European country in December 1959. The visits of Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter were all to nations "behind" the Cold War's Iron Curtain. Of the thirteen sovereign states in (or partly within) the region, all but Moldova, Montenegro, and Serbia have been visited by a sitting American president (since the Breakup of Yugoslavia the early 1990s).

Table of visits

President Dates Country Locations Highlights
Dwight D. Eisenhower December 14–15, 1959  Greece Athens Official Visit. Met with King Paul and Prime Minister Konstantinos Karamanlis. Addressed the Greek Parliament.[1]
Richard Nixon August 2–3, 1969  Romania Bucharest Official Visit. Met with President Nicolae Ceaușescu.[2]
September 30 –
October 2, 1970
 Yugoslavia Belgrade,
Zagreb
State Visit. Met with President Josip Broz Tito.[2]
Gerald Ford August 2–3, 1975  Romania Bucharest,
Sinaia
Official Visit. Met with President Nicolae Ceaușescu.[3]
August 3–4, 1975  Yugoslavia Belgrade Official Visit. Met with President Josip Broz Tito and Prime Minister Džemal Bijedić.[3]
Jimmy Carter June 24–25, 1980  Yugoslavia Belgrade Official Visit. Met with President Cvijetin Mijatović.[4]
George H. W. Bush July 18–20, 1991  Greece Athens,
Souda Bay
Met with Prime Minister Konstantinos Mitsotakis. Addressed U.S. and Greek military personnel.[5]
July 20–21, 1991  Turkey Ankara,
Istanbul
Met with President Turgut Ozal.[5]
Bill Clinton January 13, 1996  Bosnia and Herzegovina Tuzla Met with President Alija Izetbegovic. Addressed U.S. military personnel.[6]
January 13, 1996  Croatia Zagreb Met with President Franjo Tudjman.[6]
July 11, 1997  Romania Bucharest Met with President Emil Constantinescu and Romanian political leaders.[6]
December 22, 1997  Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo,
Tuzla
Met with the Bosnian Collective Presidency and Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavšić. Visited U.S. military personnel.[6]
June 21–22, 1999  Slovenia Ljubljana Met with President Milan Kučan, Prime Minister Janez Drnovšek and Montenegrin President Milo Đukanović.[6]
June 22, 1999  Macedonia Skopje Met with President Kiro Gligorov. Addressed Kosovar refugees and NATO military personnel.[6]
July 30, 1999  Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo Attended Stability Pact Leaders Conference.[6]
November 15–19, 1999  Turkey Ankara,
İzmit,
Ephesus,
Istanbul
State Visit. Attended Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Summit meeting.[6]
November 19–20, 1999  Greece Athens State Visit. Met with Prime Minister Konstantinos Simitis.[6]
November 21–23, 1999  Bulgaria Sofia Met with President Petar Stoyanov and Prime Minister Ivan Kostov.[6]
November 23, 1999 United Nations Kosovo Pristina,
Uroševac,
Camp Bondsteel
Met with Kosovar Transitional Council. Addressed the Albanian community and U.S. military personnel.[6]
George W. Bush June 16, 2001  Slovenia Kranj Met with Prime Minister Janez Drnovšek and Russian President Vladimir Putin.[7]
July 24, 2001 United Nations Kosovo Camp Bondsteel Addressed U.S. military personnel.[7]
November 23, 2002  Romania Bucharest Met with President Ion Iliescu.[7]
June 26–29, 2004  Turkey Ankara,
Istanbul
Met with President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Attended the NATO Summit meeting.[7]
June 10, 2007  Albania Tirana Met with President Alfred Moisiu and Prime Minister Sali Berisha.[7]
June 10–11, 2007  Bulgaria Sofia Met with President Georgi Parvanov and Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev.[7]
April 2–4, 2008  Romania Bucharest Attended the NATO Summit Meeting.[7]
April 4–5, 2008  Croatia Zagreb Met with President Stjepan Mesić.[7]
June 9–10, 2008  Slovenia Ljubljana Met with President Danilo Türk and Prime Minister Janez Janša. Attended the EU-US Summit Meeting.[7]
Barack Obama April 5–7. 2009  Turkey Ankara,
Istanbul
Met with President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Delivered a speech to the Turkish Parliament.[8]
November 14–17. 2015  Turkey Ankara Attended the G-20 Summit Meeting.

See also

References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 "Travels of President Richard M. Nixon". U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Travels of President Gerald R. Ford". U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Travels of President Jimmy Carter". U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Travels of President George H. W. Bush". U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 "Travels of President William J. Clinton". U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 "Travels of President George W. Bush". U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Travels of President Barack Obama". U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>