Politics

Clinton announces $50M in aid for Southeast Asia

July 13, 2012: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, greets U.S. Embassy staff at the Le Royal hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

July 13, 2012: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, greets U.S. Embassy staff at the Le Royal hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  (AP)

The United States says it will provide five counties in Southeast Asia with $50 million over three years to assist them with health, education and environment programs.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the funding Friday in Cambodia.

Recipients of the aid are Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar.

Clinton is finishing up a week of diplomacy in Asia. She meets later Friday with Myanmar's president and will introduce him to U.S. business leaders.

Clinton will then travel on to Egypt and Israel.