Details of Travel to the Middle East, Africa, and France, May 21-28, 2013

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Secretary Kerry traveled May 21 to Muscat, where he met with senior Omani officials to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues. 

On May 22, the Secretary visited Amman, where he met with key international partners to further explore ways that the international community can work towards bringing together both sides of the conflict and developing a path toward a negotiated political solution to the crisis in Syria.

On May 23-24, Secretary Kerry traveled to Jerusalem and Ramallah. In Jerusalem, he met with Israeli leaders, and in Ramallah he met with the Palestinian leadership.

These meetings are to follow-up on ongoing discussions as we continue to assess how best we can support the parties in getting back to the table and in having dialogue leading to peace. We remain committed to working with the parties to achieve a lasting peace through direct negotiations.

Secretary Kerry then traveled May 24-25 to Addis Ababa, where he met with senior Ethiopian officials to discuss bilateral issues and participated in the Golden Jubilee of the Organization of African Unity at the African Union Summit.

He also met with African leaders attending the summit to discuss a range of regional, transnational, and country-specific topics.

On May 26, Secretary Kerry departed Addis Ababa and returned to Amman, where he participated in the World Economic Forum.

The Secretary then traveled May 27 to Paris for meetings with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.  The Secretary returned to Washington, DC on May 28.



05/27/13 Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov After Their Meeting;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Le Grand Hotel; Paris, France



05/26/13 Remarks at Youth Connect: Addis Ababa Featured by BBC's Hardtalk;  Secretary of State John Kerry; University of Addis Ababa; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
05/26/13 Meets With Boston Marathon Winner and Staff and Families of Embassy Addis Ababa;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
05/25/13 Remarks at the African Union 50th Anniversary Summit Leaders Dinner;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
05/25/13 Remarks With Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom After Their Meeting;  Secretary of State John Kerry; African Union Headquarters; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


05/24/13 Background Briefing on the African Union Summit; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


05/24/13 Press Availability in Tel Aviv, Israel;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Ben Gurion International Airport; Tel Aviv, Israel



05/23/13 Remarks Before His Meeting With Israeli President Shimon Peres;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Residence of the Israeli President; Jerusalem
05/23/13 Remarks With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Before Their Meeting;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Office of the Prime Minister; Jerusalem



05/26/13 Remarks to Special Program on Breaking the Impasse World Economic Forum;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Dead Sea, Jordan
05/22/13 Remarks at the London Eleven Plenary Meeting;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Le Meridien; Amman, Jordan
05/22/13 Background Briefing by a Senior State Department Official; Amman, Jordan
05/22/13 Remarks With Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh After Their Meeting;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Amman, Jordan
05/21/13 Background Briefing on the Secretary's Trip to Amman; Via Teleconference

Press Releases

05/22/13 Joint Statement of the Participating Countries in the Amman Ministerial Meeting on Syria; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC



05/22/13 Meets With Staff and Families of Embassy Muscat;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Embassy Muscat; Muscat, Oman
05/22/13 Remarks With Omani Minister Responsible for Defense Affairs Sayyid Badr al-Busaidi Before Their Meeting;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Ministry of Defense; Muscat, Oman

Press Releases

05/22/13 Joint Statement by the United States and the Government of the Sultanate of Oman; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC


05/27/13  May 27 - Monday
05/25/13  May 25 - Saturday
05/26/13  May 26 - Sunday
05/24/13  May 24 - Friday
05/23/13  May 23 - Thursday
05/22/13  May 22 - Wednesday
05/21/13  May 21 - Tuesday