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Kerry to begin extensive mission to Middle East, India

June 20, 2013 at 11:44 AM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to several Mideast countries and India during an diplomatic mission that begins Friday, the State Department said.

Kerry will meet with senior Qatari officials in Doha Saturday and Sunday to discuss bilateral and regional issues, the department said Wednesday in a statement.

Kerry also will meet with the "London 11" foreign ministers to discuss the situation in Syria, including support to the Syrian opposition and efforts to advance a political solution, the statement said.

Kerry will be in New Delhi Sunday through Tuesday, where he will chair the interagency delegation to the fourth annual U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue, a forum for discussing a range of U.S-India cooperation on bilateral and regional issues.

Kerry also will open the second annual U.S.-India Higher Education Dialogue, deliver a policy speech on bilateral and regional issues, and meet with young leaders and innovators, the State Department said.

Kerry travels to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday to meet with senior Saudi officials for discussions on bilateral and regional issues.

In Kuwait City Wednesday, the top U.S. diplomat is scheduled to meet with senior Kuwaiti officials to discuss bilateral and regional issues.

On June 27-29, Kerry will travel to Amman, Jordan, and Jerusalem for meetings with Jordanian, Israeli, and Palestinian Authority officials to discuss advancing the Middle East peace process.

The last stop will Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, where Kerry will participate in several regional conferences June 30-July 2 and met with Brunei officials.

Topics: John Kerry
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