Hillary Clinton's Middle East trip canceled due to ill health
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will not be visiting Morocco and the Middle East as planned. The State Department said a stomach bug has Clinton temporarily out of commission.
U.S. Secretary of State¬†Hillary Clinton¬†has canceled her trip to¬†Morocco¬†this week for a meeting on the future of¬†Syria's opposition because of a stomach virus, the State Department said on Monday.
Deputy Secretary of State¬†Bill Burns¬†will travel to the meeting in her place.
"Since she's still under the weather, we'll be staying put this week instead of heading to¬†North Africa¬†and the¬†Middle East¬†as originally planned," State Department spokesman¬†Philippe Reines¬†said in a statement.
"In her place, Deputy Secretary Burns will travel to Marrakech for the Friends of the Syrian People meeting. We will let you know when she shakes this bug and resumes a public schedule," he said.
Clinton had been due to join foreign ministers from allied nations in¬†Morocco¬†to discuss the 20-month old¬†Syria¬†crisis as rebels fighting to oust President¬†Bashar al-Assad¬†push forward on the battlefield and move to unify the political opposition.
The so-called Friends of¬†Syria¬†group is expected to focus on new moves to strengthen and legitimize the recently formed Syrian opposition coalition.