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Clinton to Visit India, Thailand in 1st Overseas Trip Since Injury

15 July 2009

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (File)
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (File)
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton begins a visit to India and Thailand this week in what will be her first overseas trip since fracturing her elbow in June.

Clinton is due to arrive Friday in India's commercial capital, Mumbai, where she will remember victims of a major terrorist attack in the city last year. On Sunday, she will travel to New Delhi for talks with Indian leaders on ways to enhance a U.S.-Indian strategic partnership.

The U.S. State Department said Clinton's decision not to visit India's neighbor Pakistan on her trip is not a snub. In a foreign policy speech Wednesday in Washington, Clinton said she will travel to Pakistan in the coming months.

From India, Clinton is due to travel to Thailand, arriving Tuesday, July 21, for talks with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and other Thai officials in Bangkok. The State Department said both sides will "underscore the importance" of their bilateral relationship.

Secretary Clinton wraps up her visit to Thailand on July 22 by leading a U.S. delegation to an ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian nations) ministerial conference in Phuket.

She is scheduled to return to Washington on July 23.

Clinton was forced to cancel two overseas trips in the past month due to surgery on a fractured elbow.

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