Kerry visiting 9 countries in Middle East, guess who's NOT on the list
US Secretary of State John FN Kerry is taking his first overseas trip starting Sunday, visiting nine countries in Europe and the Middle East. Guess what country won't be on the list
However, he will be skipping Israel this time, the State Department
said, in order to give Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu an opportunity
to form a new government, AFP reported.
Kerry will visit Britain, Germany, France,
Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar
through March 6, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told
reporters. Nuland said that the former senator's trip was partly a
"listening tour," although in Rome he will meet with Syrian opposition
leaders and look at potential further US efforts to end the bloodshed in
The newly installed US secretary of state
will also discuss Syria with regional players including Turkey, Egypt
and Qatar, she said.
Kerry is not visiting Israel or
Palestinian Authority controlled territories. Nuland noted that Prime
Minister Netanyahu was still forming a government and said Kerry would
join President Barack Obama on an upcoming visit to the Jewish state.
So does that mean he will listen to Israel when he is here with the President? What could go wrong?
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