18 Sep 2010

Clinton, Gates to visit Australia

12:03 pm on 18 September 2010

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit Australia in November for the annual US-Australia ministerial meeting.

Her trip replaces one canceled in January because of the earthquake in Haiti.

That visit was to have included a meeting in Auckland with the Prime Minister John Key but there is no word whether Mrs Clinton will include New Zealand her upcoming travels.

The ABC reports the announcement came after a meeting with Australia's Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd, who was making his first visit to Washington in his role.

In a joint press conference with Mr Rudd, Mrs Clinton said she and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates would travel to Australia for their annual meeting with their counterparts, expected to focus on the US-led war in Afghanistan and regional issues.

The Secretary of State's visit will take place after she attends the East Asia Summit in Hanoi late October.