Hillary Clinton to Visit Australia on Nov 14 for Foreign Policy, Defence Talks

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U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton will visit Australia on Nov 14 to participate in the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN), Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr announced on Saturday.

AUSMIN is held yearly, alternately in Australia and the U.S. It was last held on Sept 15, 2011 in San Francisco, California, which coincided with the 60th year anniversary of the ANZUS alliance.

Perth will host the next AUSMIN. Besides Ms Clinton, also attending the talks are Australian Defence Secretary Stephen Smith and U.S. Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta. On the agenda are foreign policy, defense and strategic matters.

"Australia's alliance with the United States continues to be the bedrock of Australia's defence, security, and strategic arrangements," Messrs Carr and Smith said in a joint statement.

"Both countries are committed to military and civilian efforts in Afghanistan to prevent it from again becoming a base for international terrorism, and are working closely in the Asia-Pacific region to promote peace and prosperity," the two Australian ministers added.

Prior to her Australia visit, Ms Clinton will visit Haiti on Monday to formally open an industrial zone intended to boost the nation's economy. She will also meet with Haitian President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe.

The Caracol Industrial Park, located in northern Haiti, includes a thermal power plant. The park intends to create 40,000 jobs.

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