Travel to Saudi Arabia, Austria, Egypt, Belgium, Burma, and Vietnam, May 14-26, 2016

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Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Saudi Arabia, Austria, Belgium, Burma, and Vietnam from May 14 to May 26.

On May 15-16, the Secretary traveled to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for meetings with Saudi government officials to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues.

Secretary Kerry traveled to Vienna, Austria, May 16-17. The Secretary co-hosted a ministerial meeting on Libya with Italian Foreign Minister Gentiloni to discuss international support for the new Government of National Accord, with a focus on security. He also co-hosted the ministerial meeting of the International Syria Support Group to reaffirm and strengthen the Cessation of Hostilities, to discuss ways to ensure humanitarian access throughout the country, and to expedite a negotiated political transition in Syria. Together with Russia and France, the United States also co-hosted a meeting on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Armenian President Sargsyan and Azerbaijani President Aliyev.

On May 18, Secretary Kerry traveled to Cairo, Egypt, to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues.‎

The Secretary traveled to Brussels, Belgium, May 18-21, to participate in the NATO Foreign Ministerial, which discussed preparations for the Warsaw NATO Summit of Heads of State and Government in July.

On May 22, Secretary Kerry traveled to Burma to meet with key leaders in Naypyitaw to signal U.S. support for the new democratically elected, civilian-led government and further democratic and economic reforms.

Secretary Kerry then traveled to Vietnam on May 22-25, where he accompanied President Obama to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The trip highlighted the Administration’s ongoing commitment to the U.S. Rebalance to Asia and the Pacific, which is designed to increase U.S. diplomatic, economic, and security engagement with the countries and peoples of the region. The Secretary joined President Obama during official meetings with Vietnam's leadership to discuss ways for the U.S.-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership to advance cooperation across a wide range of areas, including economic, people-to-people, security, human rights, and global and regional issues. They also met with members of civil society, the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative, entrepreneurs, and the business community. During meetings in both cities, discussions focused on the importance of approving the Trans-Pacific Partnership this year.


05/25/16 Remarks at the Fulbright University Vietnam Establishment Ceremony;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Rex Hotel; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
05/24/16 Press Briefing With Secretary Kerry, Deputy NSC Advisor Ben Rhodes, and Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Park Hyatt; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
05/24/16 Remarks at a Peace Corps Signing Ceremony;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Government House; Hanoi, Vietnam
05/24/16 Remarks Before Meeting with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Government House; Hanoi, Vietnam
05/23/16 Joint Announcement of the United States-Vietnam Partnership To Combat Wildlife Trafficking; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC


05/22/16 Joint Press Availability With Burmese Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Naypyitaw, Burma
05/18/16 Background Briefing on Secretary Kerry's Travel to Burma; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC


05/20/16 Meeting With Staff and Families of Tri Mission Brussels;  Secretary of State John Kerry; U.S. Embassy Brussels; Brussels, Belgium
05/20/16 Secretary Kerry's Meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
05/20/16 Secretary Kerry's Call with Egyptian Foreign Minister Shoukry; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
05/19/16 Statement by France, Germany, United Kingdom, United States and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on Post-JCPOA Business with Iran; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
05/19/16 Press Availability at NATO Headquarters;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Brussels, Belgium
05/19/16 Background Briefing on Secretary Kerry's Participation in the NATO Foreign Ministerial Meeting; Brussels, Belgium


05/18/16 Secretary Kerry's Meeting with President al-Sisi; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC


05/18/16 Meeting With U.S. Embassy Vienna Staff;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Bristol Hotel; Vienna, Austria
05/17/16 Joint Press Availability With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Vienna, Austria
05/17/16 Statement of the International Syria Support Group; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
05/16/16 Joint Statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Secretary of State of the United States of America, and State Secretary for European Affairs of France; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
05/16/16 Remarks at the Libya Ministerial;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Vienna, Austria
05/16/16 Background Briefing on the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict; Vienna, Austria
05/16/16 Ministerial Meeting for Libya Joint Communique; Office of the Spokesperson; Vienna, Austria
05/15/16 Background Briefing on Secretary Kerry's Participation in the Vienna Ministerial Meeting on Libya; Office of the Spokesperson; via Teleconference

Saudi Arabia

05/15/16 Secretary Kerry's Meetings in Saudi Arabia; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC

secretary's schedule

05/25/16  Public Schedule: May 25, 2016
05/24/16  Public Schedule: May 24, 2016
05/23/16  Public Schedule: May 23, 2016
05/22/16  Public Schedule: May 22, 2016
05/21/16  Public Schedule: May 21, 2016
05/20/16  Public Schedule: May 20, 2016
05/19/16  Public Schedule: May 19, 2016
05/18/16  Public Schedule: May 18, 2016
05/17/16  Public Schedule: May 17, 2016
05/16/16  Public Schedule: May 16, 2016
05/15/16  Public Schedule: May 15, 2016