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Clinton to travel to Pacific region next week

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is headed to the Pacific region next week, traveling to Hawaii, New Zealand, and Australia, spokesman Ian Kelly said Wednesday. Leaving Washington on Jan. 11, Clinton will first go to Honolulu, where she will give meet with Pacific Command leaders and give a speech Jan. 12 "focused on Asia-Pacific multilateral ...

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is headed to the Pacific region next week, traveling to Hawaii, New Zealand, and Australia, spokesman Ian Kelly said Wednesday.

Leaving Washington on Jan. 11, Clinton will first go to Honolulu, where she will give meet with Pacific Command leaders and give a speech Jan. 12 "focused on Asia-Pacific multilateral engagement," Kelly said.

On Jan. 14, she will travel to Papua New Guinea to meet with civil society leaders to discuss "environmental protection and women’s empowerment." The next day she moves to Auckland to meet with Prime Minister John Key and meet with veterans at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

On Jan. 17, Clinton moves on to Australia, where she will hit two cities, Canberra and Melbourne. In Canberra she will link up with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. The two of them will hold what’s called the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) with Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith and Australian Defense Minister John Falkner. The foursome will discuss, "key global and regional security challenges," Kelly said.

A State Department spokesman says that Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell will accompany Clinton on the trip.

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