WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is moving to
shore up ties with its Arab allies in the Persian Gulf as fears about
Iran's nuclear program mount and is sending Secretary of State Hillary
Rodham Clinton on a three-nation trip to the region beginning this
The State Department said Thursday that Clinton will
visit the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar starting Sunday where she
will hold talks with leaders focused on regional security, the Mideast
peace process and development.
It will be her second trip to the
Gulf in as many months. She attended an international security
conference in Bahrain in early December.