First Stop: London

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague tour the House of Commons chamber at UK Parliament in London, United Kingdom, February 25, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Karen Maxfield serves in the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in London, United Kingdom.

On Sunday night, John Kerry arrived in London to begin his first overseas visit as Secretary of State, and we could not have been more pleased to welcome him to the United Kingdom for the inaugural leg of his journey. As he said in a press conference, it is no accident “the remarkable partner that is the United Kingdom” was selected as his first stop. This enthusiasm was shared by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, who tweeted a warm greeting to Secretary Kerry in honor of the “special” bilateral relationship.

The Secretary began the day by participating in a working breakfast with British Prime Minister David Cameron at Number 10 Downing Street, where the pair discussed U.S.-EU trade negotiations.… more »

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