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Thursday, January 7

McCully welcomes US Secretary of State's visit

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed news from the United States confirming that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit New Zealand from 15-17 January.

"This will be the first visit by a member of President Obama's Cabinet to New Zealand, and comes at a time of continued growth in the partnership between our two countries," Mr McCully said.

"Secretary Clinton's programme will include discussions with the Prime Minister and myself, as well as a range of other activities.

"We very much look forward to the visit. There is much to discuss about international and regional developments.

"The visit will be a good opportunity to continue to advance the strong bilateral relationship with the United States," Mr McCully said.

The last visit by a US Secretary of State to New Zealand was in 2008.