US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in the Cook Islands in her first stop on a visit to the Asia-Pacific region.
Mrs Clinton flew into Rarotonga to a traditional welcome from dozens of young men and women on Thursday night.
She is attending the last day of the Pacific Islands Forum on Friday.
Mrs Clinton arrived for a breakfast meeting with regional leaders at Trader Jacks restaurant in Rarotonga in a large white bullet-proof land cruiser amid heavy security.
She will also attend the post-forum dialogue and meet New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.
The US Secretary of State's attendance comes as part of a wider trip to Indonesia, China, East Timor, Brunei, and Russia.
She will lead the US delegation to the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Vladivostok on 8 and 9 September.