Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Travel Update! Off to the Pacific

According to the State Department, Secretary Clinton will travel to the Pacific January 11-19, 2010.

Her first stop is Honolulu, Hawaii on January 12, where she will deliver a policy speech in focused on Asia-Pacific multilateral engagement, and will be consulting with Pacific Command.

From Hawaii, Secretary Clinton will travel to Papua New Guinea on January 14. There she will hold bilateral meetings as well as meet with local civil society leaders to discuss environmental protection and women’s empowerment.

She then will travel to Auckland on January 15, where she will meet with senior New Zealand officials, including Prime Minister John Key. Also in Aukland she will engage in discussions with New Zealand citizens and meet with U.S. and New Zealand veterans at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Last stop will be Australia! On January 17 she will visit Canberra, Australia and Melbourne, Australia.

While in Canberra, she will be joined by U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith, and Australian Defense Minister John Falkner, and they will participate in the 25th Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) to discuss key global and regional security challenges.

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