Secretary Kerry Travels to Paris, Rome and Moscow

Press Statement
Mark C. Toner
Deputy Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 2, 2015


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Paris, France, on December 7 to attend the 21st UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP21).

While in Paris, the Secretary will participate in numerous events surrounding COP21 where he will underscore the importance of ambitious, global action to address climate change and its devastating impacts around the world.

Secretary Kerry will travel to Rome, Italy, on December 13 where he will co-chair with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni a Ministerial on Libya.

The Ministerial will demonstrate the commitment of the international community to helping Libyans move forward rapidly to form a unified Libya Government, a Government of National Accord. This meeting comes after over a year of discussions among Libyans to chart a better future for their country, through the UN-facilitated political dialogue.‎

Secretary Kerry will‎ then attend a French-led ministerial meeting on Syria in Paris, France, on December 14.‎ ‎ The Secretary will then visit Moscow, Russia, on December 15, to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

They will discuss ongoing efforts to achieve a political transition in Syria and related efforts to degrade and destroy ISIL. The Secretary will also discuss Ukraine and stress the need for full implementation of Minsk commitments.

‎Follow Secretary Kerry’s travel via @JohnKerry and @StateDept, on Twitter and go to the Department’s Flickr account for the latest trip photos. Stay connected: http://blogs.state.gov/social-feeds and keep track of all of the Secretary's travels at: //2009-2017.state.gov/secretary/travel/index.htm