U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a greeting from President Barack Obama during a meeting with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh on November 4, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]
Highlights from Secretary Kerry’s first international trip, including Ankara, Cairo, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, and Doha. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]
About the Author: Emily Abraham serves as Information Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
As Secretary Kerry landed in Riyadh to begin the Gulf leg of his journey, he was invited by Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal to enjoy a cup of Saudi coffee in a traditional welcoming ceremony, a first stop often made even before departing the airport terminal in the Kingdom.
Taking time to sip hot cardamom-infused qahwa from a small cup accompanied by fresh dates is the standard welcome provided by any host in the Kingdom, and the ceremony is steeped in etiquette, whether the cup is offered by the youngest son pouring rounds for guests in private homes or by waiters circling tables at a grand banquet hall.
It was only the first of many ceremonial coffees offered during a trip filled with bilateral meetings on a broad range of shared concerns, as Secretary Kerry… more »
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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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
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is greeted by Foreign Affairs Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh on March 30, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]
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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia March 30-31, 2012. While in Riyadh, she met with King Abdullah and Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal. During their meeting, King Abdullah and Secretary Clinton discussed the situation in Iran and upcoming plans for the P-5+1 meetings with the Iranians. They talked about Syria in advance of the second meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People, which is scheduled to take place in Istanbul, Turkey on April 1, 2012. They also discussed Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt, global oil supplies, and… more »