Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shows U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry photos at his government residence in Jerusalem before they meet to discuss Middle East peace on January 4, 2014.  You can read more about the Secretary’s travel to Jerusalem here.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shows U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry photos at his government residence in Jerusalem before they meet to discuss Middle East peace on January 4, 2014.  You can read more about the Secretary’s travel to Jerusalem here.

Secretary Kerry is wheels up for a 12-day trip to Doha, New Delhi, Jeddah, Kuwait City, Amman, Jerusalem, and Bandar Seri Begawan! You can follow his travel here and on Twitter @StateDept. Read more about his stops on www.state.gov.

Secretary Kerry is wheels up for a 12-day trip to Doha, New Delhi, Jeddah, Kuwait City, Amman, Jerusalem, and Bandar Seri Begawan! You can follow his travel here and on Twitter @StateDept. Read more about his stops on www.state.gov.

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.

Secretary Kerry in Ramallah and JerusalemOn April 7-9, 2013, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Jerusalem and Ramallah. During his visit, he met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Israeli President Shimon Peres, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. These meetings were to follow up on last month’s discussions, as we continue to assess how best we can support the parties in getting back to the table and in having dialogue leading to peace. We remain committed to working with the parties to achieve a lasting peace through direct negotiations.On April 8, Secretary Kerry participated in the Holocaust Remembrance Day wreath-laying ceremony at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Afterwards, he spoke with the staff and families of the U.S. Consulate General… more »

Secretary Kerry in Ramallah and Jerusalem

On April 7-9, 2013, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry 
traveled to Jerusalem and Ramallah. During his visit, he met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Israeli President Shimon Peres, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. These meetings were to follow up on last month’s discussions, as we continue to assess how best we can support the parties in getting back to the table and in having dialogue leading to peace. We remain committed to working with the parties to achieve a lasting peace through direct negotiations.

On April 8, Secretary Kerry participated in the Holocaust Remembrance Day wreath-laying ceremony at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Afterwards, he spoke with the staff and families of the U.S. Consulate General… more »

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry signs the guest book of Israeli President Shimon Peres at the President’s residence in Jerusalem, April 8, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry lays a wreath at Yad Vashem during a ceremony in Jerusalem for Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 8, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry lays a wreath at Yad Vashem during a ceremony in Jerusalem for Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 8, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, November 21, 2012. [State Department photo by Matty Stern/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, November 21, 2012. [State Department photo by Matty Stern/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Prime Minister’s office in Jerusalem, November 20, 2012. [State Department photo by Matty Stern/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Prime Minister’s office in Jerusalem, November 20, 2012. [State Department photo by Matty Stern/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before their meeting in Jerusalem on November 20, 2012. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Travel to the Middle East

Press Statement
Victoria Nuland
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 20, 2012


Secretary Clinton will depart today on travel to Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Cairo, leaving from the East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She will meet with regional leaders, starting with our Israeli partners, to consult on the situation in Gaza.

Her visits will build on American engagement with regional leaders over the past days - including intensive engagement by President Obama with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Morsi - to support de-escalation of violence and a durable outcome that ends the rocket attacks on Israeli cities and towns and restores a broader calm. As President Obama noted in his conversations with President Morsi, we commend Egypt’s efforts to de-escalate the situation and are hopeful that these efforts will be successful.

She will emphasize the United States’ interest in a peaceful outcome that protects and enhances Israel’s security and regional stability; that can lead to improved conditions for the civilian residents of Gaza; and that can reopen the path to fulfill the aspirations of Palestinians and Israelis for two states living in peace and security. She will continue to express U.S. concern for the loss of civilian life on both sides.