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.