Secretary Kerry Travels to the Middle East and Africa
Secretary Kerry will travel May 21 to Muscat, where he will meet with senior Omani officials to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues.
On May 22, the Secretary will visit Amman, where he will meet with key international partners to further explore ways that the international community can work towards bringing together both sides of the conflict and developing a path toward a negotiated political solution to the crisis in Syria.
On May 23-24, Secretary Kerry will travel to Jerusalem and Ramallah. In Jerusalem, he will meet with Israeli leaders, and in Ramallah he will meet with the Palestinian leadership.
Secretary Kerry will then travel May 24-25 to Addis Ababa, where he will meet with senior Ethiopian officials to discuss bilateral issues and participate in the Golden Jubilee of the Organization of African Unity at the African Union Summit.
On May 26, Secretary Kerry will depart Addis Ababa and return to Amman, where he will participate in the World Economic Forum.
The Secretary will depart Amman and return to Washington on May 27.
Welcoming the Secretary to Sweden and the Arctic
My team and I at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, had the privilege to welcome Secretary Kerry to Sweden on May 14th and 15th. The Secretary visited Stockholm and Kiruna, Sweden’s northernmost city. It was the first time a Secretary of State traveled to two Swedish cities in one visit and the second time we welcomed a Secretary of State to Sweden during the past year (Secretary Clinton was here last June). MORE
Celebrating America’s Diaspora Communities
On Saturday, I celebrated my 100-day anniversary with the Department of State. To say that I am inspired and humbled to be part of America’s team charged with advancing our ideals and strengthening our security, is an understatement. Every day I’m in awe of our Foreign Service officers and civil servants around the globe. I’m also particularly invested in recognizing one of the less visible, but highly effective, groups of Americans aiding our diplomatic efforts: our diaspora communities.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry uncorks a bottle of champagne en route from Andrews Air Force Base to Stockholm, Sweden as he celebrates the first press briefing at the U.S. Department of State Department by his new Spokesperson, Jen Psaki, on May 13, 2013. [State Department photo / Public Domain]
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry greets U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska as the two prepare to depart from Andrews Air Force Base for the Arctic Council meeting in Stockholm, Sweden on May 13, 2013. [State Department photo / Public Domain]
Fighting Criminal Networks Through Law Enforcement Networks
Each year, tens of thousands of law enforcement officials from across the country descend on Washington, D.C. to participate in National Police Week. This year, the Department of State recognized many of these state and local officials for their contributions to peace and security around the world in a ceremony held today at the State Department. Today, the Department recognized the excellent federal, state, and local partners that help us build law enforcement, corrections, and judicial capacities throughout the world. MORE