Following his remarks in Belfast yesterday, he held a number of meetings with world leaders ahead of the G-8, including a visit with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and a meeting with EU leaders on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. MORE
Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Rome 10 weeks ago, but welcoming him back to Italy again is special, for we share much history and a long friendship. We both were the sons of diplomats who served in post-war Europe, and as young boys we both lived through the Marshall Plan and have similar memories of Europe’s rebirth from the destruction of WWII. Later as young men, we became close friends during college, playing soccer for Yale, touring Europe in a London taxicab I bought, and serving together in Vietnam. In addition to welcoming back an old friend, however, the Secretary’s May 8-9 visit to Italyprovided the opportunity for the United States to advance diplomacy on the Syrian crisis and Middle East peace with Jordan, Israel, the Quartet on the Middle East, and our key ally Italy, reminding us all that the ancient maxim still rings true: all roads really do lead to Rome. MORE
Highlights from the first stops in Secretary Kerry’s first international trip, including London, Berlin, Paris, and Rome. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]
About the Author: Jared Caplan serves as a spokesperson and deputy director of the U.S. Department of State Regional Media Hub in Dubai.
Stop four of Secretary Kerry’s Europe trip landed him in Rome and culminated with an announcement of $60 million in non-lethal assistance to strengthen the organizational capacity of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC). With this announcement, the United States is now providing more than $115 million in non-lethal support for the civilian opposition. As liberated areas across Syria struggle to rebuild their communities without the support of the central government, this additional assistance will enable the SOC to help enhance the capacity of local councils and communities so they can expand the delivery of basic goods and essential services, fulfill administrative functions, and extend the rule of law.
Significantly, the Secretary also announced that the United States would extend the…more »
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks on Syria with Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi and Syrian Opposition Council Chairman Moaz al-Khatib in Rome, Italy on February 28, 2013. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/02/205457.htm.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks to the press on Syria in Rome, Italy on February 27, 2013. A text transcript can be found at www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/02/205435.htm.
From February 24 to March 6, Secretary of State John Kerry is traveling to the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. Follow his trip on www.state.gov.
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February 19, 2013
From February 24 to March 6, Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. MORE