Remarks
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
March 8, 2013


Voiceover: Secretary of State John Kerry’s first international trip since taking office continued with stops in Ankara, Cairo, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, and Doha. The 11-day, 9-nation trip has covered a wide variety of global and bilateral issues and underscored the support of members of the international community on the crisis in Syria.

Secretary Kerry: The International Community is not going to stand for SCUDs being fired indiscriminately against innocent civilians, women and children, young people, destroying the cities of Syria.

Voiceover: On Friday, Secretary Kerry arrived in Ankara where he met and held a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Secretary Kerry: Through a number of bilateral dialogues, our governments are taking concrete steps in order to increase trade and investments. And thanks to these efforts we have now established a $20 million trade relationship, and we are eager to be able to grow it further.

Voiceover: While in Ankara, Secretary Kerry also attended a memorial service in honor of Embassy Guard Mustafa Akarsu and met with his family.

Voiceover: In Cairo on Saturday, Secretary Kerry met with Secretary General of the Arab League Nabil Elaraby and then spoke jointly with Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr.

Voiceover: He had a variety of conversations to listen to - a broad cross-section of political leaders, business leaders, and representatives of nongovernmental organizations, and talked about America’s commitment to democracy and human rights.

Secretary Kerry: I come here on behalf of President Obama committed not to any party, not to any one person, not to any specific political point of view, but filled with the commitment that Americans have to democracy. To a robust commitment to our values: to human rights, to freedom of expression, to tolerance. And these are things that, historically, the strong civil society of Egypt has cared about.

Voiceover: Secretary Kerry met with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy and discussed Egypt’s economic future and the U.S. commitment to providing direct support to key engines of democratic change in Egypt, including Egypt’s entrepreneurs and its young people.

Voiceover: In Riyadh on Monday, the Secretary held a press conference with Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal where the Secretary touched on Iran.

Secretary Kerry: The focus of the moment, the first focus, is the most urgent focus, which remains the challenge of the nuclear program. That is a threat that extends all throughout the region and in fact globally because of the issue of nonproliferation.

Voiceover: On Tuesday, Secretary Kerry met with Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani.

Voiceover: Secretary Kerry wrapped up his trip to Europe and the Middle East on Wednesday and headed home.

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