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Secretary of State plans piano recital at Asian summit

Published: Wednesday July 26, 2006

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"The best-kept secret in global diplomacy is out — US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice will perform a piano recital at the annual gala of Asia’s top security meeting, diplomats and reports said," according to Agence France Presse. Excerpts:


The Asean Regional Forum this year has a heavy agenda with conflict raging in the West Asia, a missile crisis on the Korean peninsula, and fury over Burma’s refusal to embrace democratic reforms. But foreign ministers from the 26-nation grouping will have some light relief at the traditional gala dinner during which the world’s top diplomats put aside protocol and perform hilarious skits and musical routines.

US secretaries have been particularly keen to poke fun at themselves, with Colin Powell belting out "YMCA" two years ago and Madeleine Albright donning bowler hat and tuxedo in a show-biz turn.