Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to the Republic of Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan July 19-23.
In Seoul, Secretary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will join their respective Republic of Korea counterparts, Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan and Minister of National Defense Kim Tae-young, for a 2+2 meeting to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. Secretary Clinton and Secretary Gates will also meet with President Lee Myung-bak.
In Vietnam, the Secretary will meet with senior Vietnamese leaders to discuss key bilateral and regional issues. The Secretary will also attend a luncheon highlighting the 15th anniversary of the U.S.-Vietnam bilateral relationship. Later in the day, the Secretary will participate in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Post Ministerial Conference and following that she will join the Foreign Ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam for their second meeting to discuss the Lower Mekong Initiative. Secretary Clinton will also lead the U.S. delegation to the 17th ASEAN Regional Forum Ministerial in Hanoi.