Kerry to visit Middle East will skip Israel

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit the Middle East and other countries from February 24- March 6.  He will visit Britain, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.  The State Department spokesperson stated that Kerry will visit Israel during Obama’s visit later in March

kerryJohn Kerry will tour the Middle East during his first foreign tour as U.S. secretary of state, but will visit Israel two weeks later with President Obama.

Kerry’s itinerary, announced Tuesday for his Feb. 24-March 6 trip, includes Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. In Italy, he will meet members of the Syrian opposition in the country’s civil war.


The former Massachusetts senator said during his confirmation hearings that advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace and stopping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon were priorities.


His spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland, said a visit was not appropriate now while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was forming his new government. Instead, she said, Kerry will accompany Obama during his trip to Israel next month.

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