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Rice to Visit Indonesia, Australia


The U.S. State Department says Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will visit Indonesia and Australia next week.

In a news briefing on Tuesday, State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack said the visit to Indonesia will focus on support for the nation's democratic development.

Mr. McCormack said the secretary of state is to meet with Indonesia's President (Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono) to discuss a cooperative response to bird flu and to review recovery efforts since the 2004 tsunami.

During her visit to Australia, Ms. Rice is set to meet with Australian and Japanese foreign ministers.

In response to a reporter's question, Mr. McCormack said North Korea's nuclear ambitions are NOT the point of the trip. But he noted Ms. Rice is ready to discuss the topic.

Ms. Rice will travel January 7th through the 12th.

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