14 Jan 2010

US Secretary of State to stop in Marshall Islands

8:16 am on 14 January 2010

The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to be on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands briefly today for a refueling stop on her way to Papua New Guinea.

The US Ambassador to the Marshall Islands Martha Campbell has flown to Kwajalein to be on hand with the Marshall Islands foreign minister John Silk to greet her on her 90-minute stopover.

Mrs Clinton will fly to Papua New Guinea for a six-hour stop which observers have hailed as significant in signalling a new US commitment to the region.

She will conclude her tour with a two-day stop in New Zealand and another stop in Australia.