US State Secretary to visit Tacloban

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SOUTHEAST ASIA VISIT. US Secretary of State John Kerry is set to proceed to Vietnam and the Philippines this week. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

US Secretary of State John Kerry will make his first trip to the Philippines, where he will visit the storm-hit city of Tacloban. The US diplomat will go first to Vietnam before heading to the Philippines. Kerry planned to visit the Philippines back in October, but the trip had to be cancelled because of a storm. The upcoming trip will be Kerry’s fourth visit to Asia while in office. The country’s central region is still struggling to recover after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit a month ago. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Kerry will tour Tacloban to “witness first-hand the recovery efforts that are taking place there and discuss how the United States to continue to contribute to the relief and reconstruction work.”

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