Secretary Kerry Travel to Ireland and the United Kingdom

Press Statement
John Kirby
Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
October 27, 2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Tipperary, Ireland, on October 30 to meet with Irish Foreign Minister Charles Flanagan for a discussion about the Northern Ireland peace process and a range of regional and global issues. While in Ireland, the Secretary will also accept the Tipperary International Peace Award, which will be awarded by the Tipperary Peace Convention to honor the Secretary’s efforts to end conflicts in a number of countries.

The Secretary will then travel to London, U.K., on October 31 to meet with international counterparts for a discussion about the situation in Libya and ways to improve support for the Government of National Accord. While in London, he will also accept two awards: the Benjamin Franklin House Medal for Leadership and the Chatham House Prize.

The Chatham House Prize is given to a statesperson for significant contributions to the improvement of international relations. Secretary Kerry was named the 2016 recipient jointly with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. The Benjamin Franklin House Medal for Leadership is being given to Secretary Kerry for his lasting contributions to diplomacy, public service, and human rights. The Medal recognizes those individuals who follow in Benjamin Franklin’s footsteps by exemplifying great vision, cross-cultural understanding, effectiveness, and intellectual rigor. The Secretary will also meet with London Mayor Sadiq Khan and, together with the Mayor, will engage in a discussion with London youth on current issues, including climate change and countering violent extremism.

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