Sat, 10 Nov 2012 05:46:55 GMT

Clinton to travel to Asia Pacific



From Lalit K Jha
Washington, Nov 9 (PTI) US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, would travel to the Asia Pacific region on a 10-day trip that will take her to Australia, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Singapore.

Clinton''s travel to the region comes along with that of US President, Barack Obama, and Defence Secretary, Leon Panetta.

While she would join Panetta in Australia, she would accompany Obama to Myanmar, Cambodia and Thailand.

In fact, this would be her second trip to Myanmar in less than in a year.

"Clinton will accompany President Obama to Burma on November 19, and join his meetings with Burmese President Thein Sein and Chair of the National League for Democracy and Member of Parliament Aung San Suu Kyi," State Department spokesperson, Victoria Nuland, said.

Along with Obama, she would travel to Phnom Penh, Cambodia during November 19-20 to attend the US-ASEAN Leaders Meeting and the East Asia Summit.

Clinton would begin her trip from Perth in Australia on November 11, where she would be joined by Panetta, Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr, and Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith for the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN).

The meeting would discuss security cooperation and other regional and global issues, Nuland said.

In Perth, Clinton will meet with Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Foreign Minister Bob Carr.

She will also visit the new Western Australia United States & Asia Centre (USAC).

She will then travel to Adelaide where she will meet with Australian business leaders as well as visit Techport Australia, Australia''s largest and most advanced shipbuilding facility, the statement said.

Clinton will then travel to Singapore on November 16-17 to meet with senior government officials, including Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Foreign Minister Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam, on a wide range of issues.

On November 17, Clinton will travel to Bangkok.

"She will join President Obama and his delegation on November 18 for meetings with Prime Minister Yingluck and other senior Thai officials to underscore our strong alliance and discuss shared priorities and regional issues in advance of the ASEAN East Asia Summit," Nuland said.

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