Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Rome, Italy, and Vatican City on December 2-3 for bilateral meetings and to participate in the Rome Mediterranean Dialogues.
In Rome, the Secretary will meet with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni to discuss cooperation on a range of regional and global issues, including Libya, Syria, Iraq, and the enduring strength of the Transatlantic Alliance.
At the Rome Mediterranean Dialogues, Secretary Kerry will work with other senior leaders to deepen cooperation on a range of challenges and opportunities across the Mediterranean region, including advancing the Dialogues’ vision of a “positive agenda” in areas such as entrepreneurship, innovation, and people-to-people exchanges.
In Vatican City, the Secretary will meet with Holy See Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin to discuss international issues and peace efforts, including the humanitarian crisis in Syria, violence in Ukraine, and the ongoing dialogue in Venezuela.
The United States deeply appreciates the efforts of His Holiness Pope Francis and the Holy See to focus attention on the plight of vulnerable migrants, call for action on climate change, prevent further persecution of religious and ethnic minorities in conflict areas, and support peaceful conflict resolution around the world.
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