Remarks With United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed

Remarks
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
July 29, 2016


FOREIGN MINISTER BIN ZAYED:  Well, they are getting smarter anyways.

SECRETARY KERRY:  What?

FOREIGN MINISTER BIN ZAYED:  They are getting smarter to figure it out.  (Laughter.)

SECRETARY KERRY:  I--yes.  Anyway, but it’s good to see you, I’m delighted you’re here, and I’m delighted things are working out personally in terms of all your family (inaudible).

FOREIGN MINISTER BIN ZAYED:  Thank you.  Thank you.

SECRETARY KERRY:  That’s important. 

FOREIGN MINISTER BIN ZAYED:  Thank you.  I’m delighted to be here.  Thank you for making the time, and Washington these days reminds me back home.

SECRETARY KERRY:  Hot.

FOREIGN MINISTER BIN ZAYED:  It’s humid and hot.  (Laughter.)

SECRETARY KERRY:  I know.  It is.  Anyway, thank you all very much.

QUESTION:  Secretary Kerry, do you think that the Russian (inaudible) humanitarian operation for Aleppo is just a ruse?  And if it’s not a ruse, do you agree with the UN that they should just turn over these corridors they plan to open up to the United Nations, that the UN can take charge of humanitarian assistance?

SECRETARY KERRY:  Well, we’re deeply concerned about the definition, and I have talked to Moscow twice in the last 24 hours.  I met with Foreign Minister Lavrov in Laos three days ago.  This is very much potentially a challenge, but we have a team that is meeting today working on this and we’ll find out whether or not it’s real or not.  It has the risk, if it is a ruse, of completely breaking apart the level of cooperation.  On the other hand, if we’re able to work it out today and have a complete understanding of what is happening and an agreement on the way forward, it could actually open up some possibilities.  We just don’t know fully until we finish the conversations today.

MR KIRBY:  Thanks, everybody.