Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to the Pacific January 11-19.
Clinton will deliver a policy speech in Honolulu on January 12 focused on the Asia-Pacific multilateral engagement. She will be consulting with Pacific Command.
From Hawaii, Clinton will travel to Papua New Guinea on January 14 where she will hold bilateral meetings as well as meet with local civil society leaders to discuss environmental protection and women’s empowerment.
On January 15, she will travel to Auckland, where she will meet with senior New Zealand officials including Prime Minister John Key. In addition, the secretary will engage in discussions with New Zealand citizens and meet with U.S. and New Zealand veterans at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Clinton will continue on January 17 to Canberra, Australia and Melbourne, Australia. While in Canberra, the secretary, along with U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith and Australian Defense Minister John Falkner, will participate in the 25th Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) to discuss key global and regional security challenges.