Hillary Clinton Ill: Stomach Virus Cancels Secretary Of State's Middle East Tour

By Staff Reporter on December 11, 2012 8:46 AM EST

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton cancels trip to Morocco due to Stomach Virus. Deputy Secretary Bill Burns makes the trip in Clinton's place. (Photo: Reuters)

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was slated for a trip to Morocco this week to meet with foreign ministers from allied nations in Morocco and address the Syrian crisis as rebels have fiercely fought to oust Syria President Bashar al-Assad for 20 months. Rebel fighters are pushing to unify the political opposition to strengthen itself against the regime on the battlefield.

Clinton would meet the "Friends of the Syrian People" group to discuss matters on aiding the rebels and legitimizing the formed Syrian opposition coalition.

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Next, Clinton was also scheduled to visit Tunisia as well as the United Arab Emirates

However, reports this morning reveal that the Secretary of State opted to change her trip plans due to a rather inconvenient stomach virus.

According to Clinton's aide Philippe Reines, "Because she has a stomach virus, our departure for Morocco has been moved from Monday to Tuesday. She will not have any schedule tomorrow in Washington."

Unfortunately, Clinton ultimately cancelled her trip and now Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns will travel to the meetings in the Middle East 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," 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."

Finally, "We will let you know when she shakes this bug and resumes a public schedule."

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