March 1, 2010 / 3:23 AM / 10 years ago

Clinton adds Argentina to Latin American tour

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks after her meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan at the State Department in Washington February 26, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will add a stop in Argentina to her Latin American tour, U.S. officials said on Sunday.

Clinton will travel from Uruguay, where she is attending Monday’s inauguration of incoming President Jose Mujica, to Buenos Aires to meet with Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez later that day.

On Tuesday, Clinton is due to fly to quake-hit Chile, where she will meet outgoing President Michelle Bachelet and President-elect Sebastian Pinera for a few hours, before departing for Brasilia.

Argentina’s omission from her original schedule underscored what some analysts say are cool ties between Buenos Aires and Washington.

U.S. officials said the stop was added due to Clinton’s shortened schedule in Chile, where the government is grappling with the aftermath of Saturday’s devastating earthquake that killed more than 710 people.

Clinton had originally been due to meet Fernandez on the sidelines of the Uruguayan presidential inauguration and had planned to arrive in Chile on Monday.

Argentina is seeing new tensions with Britain over the Falkland Islands, but U.S. officials say Washington is neutral in the dispute

Reporting by Andrew Quinn; editing by Anthony Boadle

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