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Kerry possibly to meet with Lavrov during tour abroad--State Dept

February 20, 2013, 1:36 UTC+3
The new US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Europe and the Middle East from Feb 24 to March 6
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WASHINGTON, February 20 (Itar-Tass) - The new US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Europe and the Middle East from Feb 24 to March 6, This will be his first tour abroad, during which he will possibly meet with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Victoria Nuland, spokesperson of the Department of State, announced Tuesday.

Ms Nuland recalled that within two weeks Mr. Kerry would visit Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. Possibly, the US Secretary of State and the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs will be able to meet. However, the sides have not yet coordinated the two diplomats' working plans so far, the American diplomat said. She recalled that last Sunday during a telephone conversation, Kerry and Lavrov had agreed to compare their working plans so as to arrange their first meeting in the coming weeks. If they succeeed in having a meeting during Mr. Kerry's tour abroad, that will be fine, Nuland said. If not, the US will continue to work on arrangements for their meeting, the State Department spokesperson added.

 

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