Passengers board the Air Force C-32A carrying Secretary Kerry on a sunrise flight from Amman, Jordan, to Rome, Italy. Follow Secretary Kerry’s travel here.

Passengers board the Air Force C-32A carrying Secretary Kerry on a sunrise flight from Amman, Jordan, to Rome, Italy. Follow Secretary Kerry’s travel here.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh before their bilateral meeting at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on October 15, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh before their bilateral meeting at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on October 15, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

On behalf of President Obama, I am pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement that establishes a basis for resuming direct final status negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis. This is a significant and welcome step forward.
Secretary Kerry, July 19, 2013

Take a look at this aerial view of the Za’atri camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan. Secretary Kerry visited the camp during his trip to Jordan and met with Syrian refugees on July 18, 2013. Read more about his trip on www.state.gov.

Secretary Kerry Travels to Amman, Jordan

Secretary Kerry is greeted by Jordanian officials upon arriving in Amman, Jordan.

Secretary Kerry is currently on travel to Amman, Jordan where he will meet with Jordanian and Arab League officials to provide an update on Middle East peace, as he said he would when he met with the Arab League delegation in Washington in April. Learn more about his trip on www.state.gov.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and Israeli President Shimon Peres deliver remarks at the World Economic Forum in Dead Sea, Jordan, on May 26, 2013. You can read Secretary Kerry’s remarks here. [State Department photos/ Public Domain]

No one doubts that this is a very complex moment in international relations. But still, I don’t think that there is any secret about the conditions that are necessary for peace and stability to succeed. Those are: good governance, security, and economic opportunity. And so the real question for all of us, for President Abbas, President Peres, Prime Minister Netanyahu, all of us, is a very simple one: Will we, despite the historic hurdles, have the courage to make the choices that we know we need to make in order to break the stalemate and provide a change of life for people in this region?
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Dead Sea, Jordan, May 26, 2013
Israeli President Shimon Peres, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas join in a handshake at the beginning of their three speeches at the World Economic Forum in Dead Sea, Jordan, on May 26, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

Israeli President Shimon Peres, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas join in a handshake at the beginning of their three speeches at the World Economic Forum in Dead Sea, Jordan, on May 26, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Jordan Stuart E. Jones, meets with King Abdullah II ibn Al-Hussein before a session of the World Economic Forum in Dead Sea, Jordan, on May 26, 2013. Read about the Secretary’s visit to Jordan here. [State Department photos/ Public Domain]

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.