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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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 that country.
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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At 7:04 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

His trip was originally announced in the US as 'paving the way for Obama's visit.' As I expected, Kerry bowed out and Obama will too. Bank on it. They can't have faux outrage and pretend to be offended since there's nothing good or bad to offended at, so the White House simply ignores Israel w.o. comment. Again, make mo mistake, Obama's comments about a trip were part of a naked attempt to intervene in Israeli elections. And, as always, his preferred parties did zero to horrible so there's no longer any need of him to intervene.

At 8:35 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

I'm happy. KeepmLurch away

At 8:37 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

I'm happy. KeepmLurch away


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