29 Aug 2012

Confirmation US Secretary of State will attend Pacific Islands Forum

6:45 am on 29 August 2012

The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been confirmed to attend the Pacific Islands Forum this week.

Speculation about her attendance has swirled for weeks, ahead of confirmation by her spokeswoman Victoria Nuland this morning.

Mrs Clinton will attend the post-forum dialogue on the 31st of August, as part of the US' intensive engagement and ongoing collaboration with Pacific countries.

She says her visit will emphasise the depth and breadth of American engagement across economic, people to people, strategic, environmental, and security interests.

Mrs Clinton will lead the highest-level US delegation in the forum's history, accompanied by senior officials from the Departments of State, Defence, and Interior.