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Hillary Clinton cancels trip to Morocco due to stomach virus

By Armando Tamayo     Dec 11, 2012 in Politics
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cancelled her scheduled trip to Marrakesh in Morocco, where she was set to meet with Arab leaders Wednesday, because of a stomach virus, as announced by her spokesman Philippe Reines.
Deputy Secretary of State William Burn will lead the delegation in place of Clinton, as the Obama administration increases the diplomacy efforts to end the rule of government of Syrian President Assad.
Clinton was supposed to take a week-long trip to the Middle East and North Africa, to visit Morocco, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates. The Moroccan meeting to be attended by Burns will likely recognize the Syrian opposition council as the acknowledged representative of the people of Syria, as reported in ABCNews4.
The cancellation of Clinton's visit came at the heels of the Obama administration's declaration of an extremist Syrian rebel group "Jabhat al-Nusra" and its alleged link to terrorist organization Al-Qaeda. The group admitted to the suicide bombings of government targets in Syria, which further raised fears of strengthened Islamic extremism in the region.
The U.S. effort to designate Jabhat al-Nusra is just one of the significant international resolutions to back the Syrian opposition council to form a single leadership which will soon take over Syrian President Assad's regime.
The Obama administration had wanted to set-up small government committees in Syria to address the needs of the Syrian public after Assad steps down, and form a transitional government, as reported in Washington Post.
The model closely resembles the steps the U.S. government took in the Libyan crisis last year; officials said that the move will soon lead to the designation of a de facto Syrian ambassador and the creation of a liaison office in Washington.
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