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Clinton Set for Five-Day Visit of Persian Gulf Nations

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton makes remarks at the State Department in Washington, DC, in this December file photo

The U.S. State Department has announced that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will depart Saturday for a tour of three Persian Gulf nations to promote political reform and discuss regional security concerns.

The five-day visit will include stops in the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar.

A state department official says Clinton will meet with government officials to discuss "a full-range of regional and bilateral issues."

In Qatar, Clinton is to participate in the seventh Forum for the Future, a U.S.-backed effort for political reform in the Middle East.

It will be Clinton's second trip to the Gulf in as many months. She participated in a global security conference in Bahrain in early December.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.