Travel to Rome, Italy and Vatican City, December 2-3, 2016

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Rome, Italy, and Vatican City on December 2-3 for bilateral meetings and to participate in the Rome Mediterranean Dialogues.

In Rome, the Secretary met with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni to discuss cooperation on a range of regional and global issues, including Libya, Syria, Iraq, and the enduring strength of the Transatlantic Alliance.

At the Rome Mediterranean Dialogues, Secretary Kerry worked with other senior leaders to deepen cooperation on a range of challenges and opportunities across the Mediterranean region, including advancing the Dialogues’ vision of a “positive agenda” in areas such as entrepreneurship, innovation, and people-to-people exchanges.

In Vatican City, the Secretary met with Holy See Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin to discuss international issues and peace efforts, including the humanitarian crisis in Syria, violence in Ukraine, and the ongoing dialogue in Venezuela.

The United States deeply appreciates the efforts of His Holiness Pope Francis and the Holy See to focus attention on the plight of vulnerable migrants, call for action on climate change, prevent further persecution of religious and ethnic minorities in conflict areas, and support peaceful conflict resolution around the world.

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12/02/16 Joint Press Availability With Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Parco dei Principi Hotel; Rome, Italy
12/02/16 Remarks at the Mediterranean Dialogues Conference;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Parco dei Principi Hotel; Rome, Italy
12/02/16 Remarks With UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura Before Their Meeting;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Rome, Italy
12/02/16 Secretary Kerry's Meeting With Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
12/02/16 Secretary Kerry's Meeting With Qatari Foreign Minister Al-Thani; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC


12/02/16  Public Schedule: December 02, 2016
12/01/16  Public Schedule: December 01, 2016