The Straits Times
Published on Jan 30, 2013

Clinton says goodbye in global TV interview


WASHINGTON (AFP) - Despite being grounded on doctor's orders after a bout of ill-health, United States (US) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday took a round-the-world trip from Antarctica to London to say a final farewell.

Using satellites and the Internet, she hooked into some of the world's major television networks to answer questions from local anchors and audiences in what was billed as a Global Townterview by the State Department.

Mrs Clinton, who has travelled almost a million miles, apparently held 1,700 meetings with world leaders and suffered some 570 airplane meals, never moved from her seat in the Washington-based Newseum during her hour-long journey.

It was one of her last public events as she prepares to step down on Friday after four years as America's top diplomat, to be replaced by Senator John Kerry, whose full Senate confirmation was expected later on Tuesday.