RADAR: Clinton’s first trip abroad to Asia?

By Caitlin Taylor

Feb 2, 2009 2:56pm

ABC News’ Jennifer Duck reports: Speculation is rising and reports are making the rounds about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s first trip abroad. 

A Seoul Foreign Ministry Official has been quoted in numerous reports saying Clinton will depart for Asia in mid-February visiting Seoul, China, and South Korea.

However, State Department Spokesman Robert Wood wouldn’t confirm the reports.

Clinton told reporters last week she is looking forward to traveling.  No question the former First Lady, Senator, and presidential candidate is used to life on the road.  As First Lady she visited over 80 countries and she made it to all 62 counties in New York while running for the Senate.

Although she isn’t likely to travel abroad this week, Clinton will have her first face-to-face meeting with leaders from the United Kingdom and Germany on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Tomorrow morning Clinton meets with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and will meet in the afternoon with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

"I expect these will be very, very substantive meetings," Wood said explaining the leaders will discuss many issues including Iran and Afghanistan. 

Clinton called a number of leaders in her first week as Secretary but Tuesday’s meetings will her first face-to-face conversations with European allies since being confirmed as Secretary of State.

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