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HILLARY TO VISIT; Clinton 'wants to be Ulster envoy'.

Byline: AINE HEGARTY

US SECRETARY of State Hillary Clinton is to visit Northern Ireland in September, it was claimed yesterday.

And the senior figure in the Obama administration is to appoint herself as a special envoy to the country, according to Niall O'Dowd who publishes the US-based Irish Voice newspaper.

In a hugely significant and rare move, the US Secretary of State is believed to want to personally handle the role.

Mr O'Dowd told RTE radio: "It's been talked about for some within the Clinton camp that they were looking at appointing an envoy as previous administrations had done.

"I think she decided she felt this was one job that she would like to do, as well as obviously the Secretary of State and I think it fits in very well with her own profile and own strengths."

The publisher also revealed that Mrs Clinton is finalising plans for a September visit, when she will bring a new economic envoy along with her. The move would place Ireland at the forefront of the US's foreign policy agenda and give this Ulster an unprecedented link to the State Department.

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