Media NoteOffice of the SpokesmanWashington, DCJanuary 21, 2011
Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt M. Campbell will travel to Hawaii, the Philippines, and Singapore January 23-29, 2011.
In Honolulu January 24-25, Assistant Secretary Campbell will lead an inter-agency delegation at a series of meetings on Pacific Island issues including an annual, bilateral coordination meeting with the Asian Development Bank and a Trilateral Strategic Dialogue with Australia and Japan. He will also hold trilateral consultations with our key partners, Australia and New Zealand, to affirm our shared commitment to working with Pacific Island countries and to pledge support for the restoration of democratic institutions and the rule of law in Fiji. Assistant Secretary Campbell will also participate in a “State of the Pacific” Dialogue hosted by the East-West Center to discuss key issues related to the Pacific Islands.
Assistant Secretary Campbell arrives in Manila on January 26 to lead the U.S. delegation for the first U.S.-Philippines Bilateral Strategic Dialogue to discuss a broad range of bilateral, regional, and global issues of mutual interest. He will also hold discussions with government officials and the business community on intensifying economic engagement with the Philippines.
On January 28, Assistant Secretary Campbell will meet in Singapore with Foreign Minister George Yeo, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and other senior government officials to discuss bilateral issues, as well as recent events in the region.
Assistant Secretary Campbell returns to Washington, DC on January 29.