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Clinton Cancels Visit to Tsunami-Hit Areas of Maldives

Former President Bill Clinton at a temporary shelter for tsunami affected people in Nagappattinam, India
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton has canceled a scheduled visit to tsunami-hit areas of the Maldive Islands for reasons that are still not entirely clear.

Mr. Clinton is touring four Indian Ocean nations in his role as special United Nations envoy for tsunami relief. The former president arrived Saturday in the Maldives after visiting Sri Lanka.

He will have scheduled meetings in the capital, Male, with government officials and business leaders to discuss tsunami relief efforts.

One U.N. spokeswoman said Mr. Clinton, who had heart surgery last September, canceled his visit to the tsunami-hit areas because he is suffering from exhaustion. But others said the trip was called off because of poor weather in the area.

The former president will leave the Maldives later Sunday for Indonesia on the last leg of his tour.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.