February 28, 2010 / 6:17 PM / 9 years ago

Clinton to make Chile stop despite earthquake

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gestures during a joint news conference with Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud al Faisal in Riyadh February 15, 2010. REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will pay a short visit to Chile this week as part of her Latin American tour despite the massive earthquake that hit the country, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday.

“We’re still going to Chile as planned, though we might change what we do there,” the official said.

Clinton is scheduled to fly from Uruguay to Chile on Tuesday for a one-day visit, a State Department official said. She had originally planned to arrive in Chile on Monday.

Clinton is due to meet outgoing President Michelle Bachelet and President-elect Sebastian Pinera for a few hours at or near the Santiago airport, before departing for Brasilia, he said.

Reporting by Andrew Quinn; editing by Anthony Boadle

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