U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE TO VISIT PNG IN NOVEMBER

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Rare visit by senior U.S. official

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Sept. 29, 2010) - The U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to visit Papua New Guinea (PNG) later this year.

The US Embassy in Port Moresby has confirmed Secretary Clinton is expected to visit PNG in November.

However, the embassy has not disclosed her itinerary but says her visit will follow an official state visit to Australia.

It will be the second visit of a senior US administration official following the last visit by a secretary of State in 1988, when Madeline Albright stopped over for just a few hours in Port Moresby.

[PIR editor’s note: One element that has successfully tied the two countries together is the U.S.-Pacific Islands Multilateral Tuna Fisheries Treaty. The U.S. pays US$18 million per year in exchange for the presence of U.S. fishing vessels in Pacific waters. U.S. has also provided humanitarian assistance and funding to PNG including support for the rehabilitation of Bougainville.]

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