US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Set for Five-Day Visit of Persian Gulf Nations
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is en route to the Persian Gulf region seeking Arab support for tougher penalties against Iran for its nuclear activities, and to help bolster the new Iraqi government.
Secretary Clinton, who left Washington late Saturday, will make stops in the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar during the next several days.
State Department officials say she will brief Gulf leaders on U.S. expectations for the next round of nuclear talks with Iran, scheduled for late next week in Istanbul. They said the top U.S. diplomat will also discuss ways to help Gulf nations to better adhere to U.N. sanctions against Iran.
On Iraq, State Department officials say Washington will urge more countries in the area to open embassies in Baghdad.
In Qatar next Thursday, Clinton will participate in the Forum of the Future, a civil society initiative joining Arab countries and the Group of Eight industrialized nations. The forum brings together government leaders and members of non-governmental organizations.
This will be Clinton's second trip to the Gulf in as many months. She participated in a global security conference in Bahrain in early December.
Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.
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