Details of Travel to Europe, April 19-24, 2013
Secretary Kerry traveled 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 traveled to Brussels, Belgium, from April 22-24 to participate in a meeting of NATO foreign ministers. The Secretary and his counterparts discussed 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 met in the NATO-Russian Council with their Russian Federation counterpart. They also joined 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 met with senior officials of the European Union and had other bilateral meetings.
04/24/2013 Remarks After a Trilateral Meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani
04/24/2013 Remarks With Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Pakistani General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, And Pakistani Foreign Secretary Jalil Jilani Before Their Meeting
04/2420/13 Remarks With Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders After Their Meeting
04/23/2013 Press Availability After NATO Ministerial
04/23/2013 Remarks With Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius at a Signing Ceremony for Cooperation on Countering Nuclear Smuggling
04/22/2013 Remarks With European Commission President Manuel Barroso at Meeting with European Commission Fellows
04/22/2013 Meeting With Staff and Families of Tri-Mission Brussels
04/21/2013 Press Availability in Istanbul, Turkey
04/21/2013 Remarks Following a Meeting With His All Holiness, Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome, Ecumenical Patriarch
04/21/2013 Remarks With Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Syrian Opposition Coalition President Moaz al-Khatib
04/23/2013 U.S. and Lithuania Sign Agreement for Cooperation on Countering Nuclear Smuggling
04/22/2013 Background Briefing on NATO Ministerial
04/21/2013 Background Briefing on Syria
04/20/2013 Fact Sheet: Secretary Kerry Announces Doubling of U.S. Nonlethal Assistance to the Syrian Opposition and New Humanitarian Aid for the Syrian Crisis
04/19/2013 Background Briefing en Route to Istanbul, Turkey