Bill Clinton during a press conference in Colombo

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton is in the Maldive Islands, southwest of India, his third stop on a United Nations tour to promote reconstruction in the wake of December's devastating tsunami.

Mr. Clinton was met at the airport by Maldive President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom after a flight from Sri Lanka. He is visiting the region as a special U.N. envoy.

On Sunday, he will tour hard-hit areas of the atoll nation.

The former president arrived in the capital, Male, after endorsing a plan by Sri Lanka's president for the government and Tamil Tiger rebels to jointly distribute foreign aid to victims of the tsunami, which killed 31,000 people in Sri Lanka.

Mr. Clinton began his regional trip in India. From the Maldives he will visit Indonesia's battered Aceh province.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.