Kerry heads to Saudi and France for Syria, Yemen, Libya talks

by MATTHEW LEEAP

11 March 2016 | 11:39

Source: by Associated Press

  • by MATTHEW LEEAP
  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 11 March 2016 | 11:39

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waves as he holds 7-month-old Zaiden Azar, whose mother is a Foreign Service officer, while surrounded by children of Embassy staff during his visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, before leaving Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON: Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Saudi Arabia and France this week for discussions with top Saudi and European officials about conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Libya.

The State Department says Kerry will leave late Thursday for the Saudi city of Hafar al Batin on its northeastern border with Iraq and Kuwait, where 20 countries just concluded a three-week counterterrorism military exercise.

From there, Kerry will travel to Paris for talks on Sunday with the new French foreign minister as well as his counterparts from Britain, Germany and Italy and the EU foreign policy chief.

In addition to the Syria, Yemen and Libya conflicts, Kerry is also expected to discuss the migrant crisis facing Europe.

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