Secretary of State John Kerry's Travel to Europe

Press Statement
Jen Psaki
Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 18, 2013

Secretary Kerry will travel to Istanbul, Turkey, on April 19 to meet with key partners and members of the Syrian Opposition Coalition to further explore ways that the international community can support the opposition and accelerate a Syrian-led political transition.

Secretary Kerry will then travel to Brussels, Belgium, from April 22-24 to participate in a meeting of NATO foreign ministers. The Secretary and his counterparts will discuss how to maintain a strong Alliance capable of protecting member states against current and future threats, in light of regional and global security challenges.

In addition, NATO foreign ministers will meet in the NATO-Russian Council with their Russian Federation counterpart. They will also join with non-NATO contributors to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and representatives of the Government of Afghanistan to review the status of the joint Afghan/ISAF transition plan, and to discuss NATO's post-2014 mission in Afghanistan.

While in Brussels, the Secretary will meet with senior officials of the European Union and have other bilateral meetings.

PRN: 2013/0432