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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to attend PIF Post-Forum Dialogue in Cook Islands

(Xinhua)

09:35, August 29, 2012

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will depart for the Cook Islands, Indonesia, China, Timor-Leste, Brunei, and Russia on Aug. 30.

In the Cook Islands, Clinton will attend the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Post Forum Dialogue on Aug.31.

The U.S. State spokesperson Victoria Nuland said in a statement that Clinton's visit will emphasize the depth and breadth of American engagement across economic, people to people, strategic, environmental, and security interests.

The visit also represents a concerted effort to strengthen regional multilateral institutions, develop bilateral partnerships, and build on alliances three core elements of U.S. strategy toward the Asia-Pacific.

She will lead the highest-level U.S. interagency delegation in the 41-year history of the Forum with senior officials from the Departments of State, Defense, and Interior.

She will travel to Jakarta after the Post-Forum Dialouge in Cook Islands.

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