Hillary Clinton ill with stomach virus, will skip Friends of Syria meeting

WASHINGTON - A stomach virus is forcing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to delay an overseas trip that will focus on providing more support for the Syrian opposition.

The State Department said Sunday that Clinton's illness has forced her to move her flight to Morocco from Monday to Tuesday.

The Obama administration is expected to recognize the opposition's new leadership council as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people. Clinton is likely to announce that step at a meeting Wednesday of the Friends of Syria group.

Clinton also plans to meet with Moroccan King Mohammed VI for talks expected to focus on the rise of al-Qaida-linked extremists in northern Mali.

Her schedule also includes stops in Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.

Clinton made headlines Monday for her positive poll results from registered voters.

A new poll showed that 60 percent of voters had a favorable impression of Clinton as many continue to wonder if she will run for the White House again in 2016. Read more about it on abc15.com.

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