WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (KUNA) -- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will
travel next week to Morocco, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where
she will be attending meetings with top officials, it was announced here
State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement that on
December 11-13, Clinton will travel to Marrakech, Morocco to participate in a
meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People.
She added that "this latest meeting provides an opportunity to consult with
like-minded governments in the region and around the world on how best to
continue support for the Syrian opposition and on efforts to end the
She indicated that while in Morocco, Clinton will also meet with King
Mohammed VI, as well as senior Moroccan government officials, "to discuss
bilateral and regional issues".
Clinton will then travel to Tunis, Tunisia to co-host the 9th Forum for the
Future Ministerial with the Government of Tunisia on December 13.
While there, Clinton will also meet with "senior Tunisian government
officials to discuss progress in the country's transition to democracy as well
as bilateral and regional issues," she noted.
The U.S top diplomat will conclude her trip in Abu Dhabi to participate in
the 3rd ministerial meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) on
"The centerpiece of the meeting will be the announcement by Foreign
Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed of the opening of the first-ever
International Center of Excellence on Countering Violent Extremism, which the
GCTF set in motion at its September 2011 launch," according to Nuland.
Clinton will also meet with senior Emirati government officials to discuss
regional and bilateral issues, Nuland said. (end)
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