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Sun Feb 24, 2013, 03:29 PM

John Kerry's first foreign stop as secretary of state: London

Source: guardian

John Kerry got down to the real business of being America's top diplomat Sunday, embarking on a nine-country "listening tour" to gauge views on Syria, Iran and the Israelis-Palestinian conflict.

The 11-day trip Kerry's first as secretary of state will take him to London before heading to Berlin, Paris, Rome, Ankara, Cairo, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Doha.

It is being framed as introductory trip for the seasoned politician, who has served 28 years in the US Senate, all of them as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the last four as its chairman. But it also comes as the US seeks to bring new ideas to thorny international problems, such as conflict in Syria, the growing threat of Islamic extremism in west Africa and Iran's nuclear programme.

Talks begin in London, where he is slated to discuss a range of issues with British officials. Topics on the agenda include the status of the Falkland Islands, claimed by both the UK and Argentina.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/24/john-kerry-first-foreign-trip-london

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alp227 Feb 2013 OP
TwilightGardener Feb 2013 #1
Botany Feb 2013 #2
karynnj Feb 2013 #4
Botany Feb 2013 #3
LeftishBrit Feb 2013 #5
karynnj Feb 2013 #6
Botany Feb 2013 #9
shaayecanaan Feb 2013 #7
Mass Feb 2013 #8
otherone Feb 2013 #10

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 03:41 PM

1. Good luck on your trip, Mr. Secretary.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 04:00 PM

2. Kerry 1st job will be to repair the damage of Mitt's European Vacation last summer.

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John Kerry: "Although I too come from Massachusetts I am not like that other guy
but I want to apologize to the people of Europe about Mitt's trip here last summer.
Hey, the guy is a douche bag and he made his money firing people .... we don't really
like him either."

BTW Mitt looks awkward just standing there .... man we dodged a bullet in not having him
as POTUS.

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Response to Botany (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 04:09 PM

4. Kerry is far too much a diplomat to say that (even last year),

but I suspect that he quite likely thought it. His convention speech referenced it well! (In spite of your quotes)

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Sun Feb 24, 2013, 07:04 PM

5. Welcome to England, Secretary Kerry!

A great improvement on the brainless Romney.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 07:18 PM

6. Photo of Kerry on the plane with the press

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Response to karynnj (Reply #6)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 07:28 PM

9. great pix

thank you

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 07:18 PM

7. Thank God that the Falklands is at the top of the agenda...

I think that I can speak for all of DU when I say that we have been waiting for John Kerry to start paying attention to this vital issue.

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Response to shaayecanaan (Reply #7)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 07:27 PM

8. and I am sure John Kerry would agree with you.

Complain to the brits.

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Response to shaayecanaan (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:50 PM

10. us and the Brits are one

we have a special relationship

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