Travel to Bahrain, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Japan, April 6-10, 2016

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Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Manama, Bahrain, Baghdad, Iraq, Kabul, Afghanistan and Hiroshima, Japan.

From April 6-8, the Secretary held bilateral meetings with senior Bahraini officials and participated in a ministerial meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council, where he discussed a wide range of regional issues. 

Secretary Kerry visited Baghdad, Iraq, on April 8 to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, and Council of Representatives Speaker Saleem al-Jabouri.

The Secretary underscored our strong support for the Iraqi government as it addresses significant security, economic, and political challenges.

He also discussed the Coalition’s continued support for Iraqi-led efforts against Da’esh and emphasize that we will continue to support the Iraqi people as they work towards a unified, free, democratic, and prosperous future.

In addition, the Secretary met with Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Nechrivan Barzani, to express U.S. appreciation for the critical role that the Kurdistan Regional Government has played in the Coalition’s efforts to defeat Da’esh.

Secretary Kerry visited Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 9. While in Kabul, he co-hosted the third U.S.-Afghanistan Bilateral Commission with Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani. The meeting was an opportunity for U.S. and Afghan leaders to discuss areas of mutual interest and cooperation, and to outline progress in the areas highlighted in our Strategic Partnership Agreement: security and defense, democracy and governance, and social and economic development.

Also while in Kabul, Secretary Kerry met with President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah. In each meeting, he emphasized U.S. support for the Government of Afghanistan and the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, as well as the importance of encouraging continued international donor support for Afghanistan at the upcoming NATO Summit in Warsaw and the Brussels Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan. The Secretary also expressed support for the Government of Afghanistan’s efforts to end the conflict in Afghanistan through a peace and reconciliation process with the Taliban.

Secretary Kerry visited Hiroshima, Japan, where he participated in the G-7 ministerial.


04/11/16 Press Availability for G7;  Secretary of State John Kerry; International Media Center; Hiroshima, Japan
04/11/16 Interview With Morio Chijiiwa of TV Asahi;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima; Hiroshima, Japan
04/11/16  G7 FMM Joint Communique
04/11/16  Hiroshima Declaration
04/11/16  Maritime Security Statement
04/11/16  Nonproliferation Statement
04/11/16 Background Briefing on Secretary Kerry's Visit to Japan; Hiroshima, Japan
04/10/16 Secretary of State John Kerry And Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida Before Their Meeting;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Grand Prince Hotel; Hiroshima, Japan
04/07/16 Under Secretary Shannon Travels to Japan; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC


04/09/16 Remarks at Meet and Greet With Staff of Embassy Kabul;  Secretary of State John Kerry; United States Embassy; Kabul, Afghanistan
04/09/16 Joint Press Availability With Afghanistan President Ghani;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Dilgusha Palace; Kabul, Afghanistan
04/09/16 Remarks With Afghan CEO Abdullah Abdullah Before Their Meeting;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Kabul, Afghanistan
04/09/16 Remarks With Afghanistan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani At the Opening of Bilateral Commission;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Char Chinar Palace; Kabul, Afghanistan
04/09/16 Joint Statement on the Third Meeting of the U.S.-Afghanistan Bilateral Commission Kabul - April 2016; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
04/04/16 On-The-Record Briefing on Afghanistan;  Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olson; Washington, DC
04/04/16 Background Briefing on Afghanistan; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC


04/08/16 Meets With Embassy Baghdad Staff;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Embassy Baghdad; Baghdad, Iraq
04/08/16 Press Availability in Baghdad, Iraq;  Secretary of State John Kerry; U.S. Embassy Baghdad; Baghdad, Iraq
04/08/16 New Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
04/08/16 Remarks With Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari Before Their Meeting;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Foreign Minister's Villa; Baghdad, Iraq


04/07/16 Remarks With Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Four Seasons Hotel; Manama, Bahrain
04/07/16 Remarks Before the Gulf Cooperation Council Meeting;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Four Seasons Hotel; Manama, Bahrain
04/07/16 Interview With Hasan Muawad of Al-Arabiya;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Manama, Bahrain
04/07/16 Embassy Meet and Greet With Staff and Families of U.S. Embassy Manama, Bahrain;  Secretary of State John Kerry; U.S. Embassy; Manama, Bahrain
04/07/16 Remarks With His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Gudaibiya Palace; Manama, Bahrain
04/07/16 Joint Press Availability With Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Four Seasons Hotel; Manama, Bahrain
04/04/16 Background Briefing on Manama and Baghdad; Office of the Spokesperson; Via Teleconference

secretary's schedule

04/10/16  Public Schedule: April 10, 2016
04/09/16  Public Schedule: April 9, 2016
04/08/16  Public Schedule: April 8, 2016
04/07/16  Public Schedule: April 7, 2016
04/06/16  Public Schedule: April 6, 2016