If it's Tuesday, Clinton must be in Batumi

Tue Jun 5, 2012 6:11pm EDT
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By Arshad Mohammed

BATUMI, Georgia (Reuters) - If it's Tuesday, this must be Batumi.

A sunny day in early June finds U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Georgia's Black Sea resort of Batumi, a beach town decidedly off the beaten path of high-level diplomacy.

The resort, with modern high-rise hotels contrasting with ornate, tsarist-era buildings, is the sixth stop in the seven countries that Clinton is visiting during an eight-day trip to Scandinavia, the Caucasus and Turkey.

In the final of the four years she says she will serve as secretary of state, Clinton had made time to tour the Arctic by boat, to dine in Copenhagen's Tivoli gardens and to visit this town on the Black Sea.

While renowned for her work ethic and mastery of detail, Clinton at times seems to be looking ahead to the next chapter of her life and willing to do things that she might not have done earlier in her tenure as secretary of state.

In the past few months, Clinton has gone whale-watching off the coast of Mexico, danced and drank beer at a bar in the Colombian Caribbean port of Cartagena and, in Norway on Saturday, took a two-hour cruise through the Arctic on a research trawler.


Work, however, follows her everywhere.   Continued...

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) as they leave following a cultural dancing and singing performance at the Piazza in Batumi June 5, 2012. REUTERS/Saul Loeb/Pool