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Travel to Afghanistan, Burma, Australia, Solomon Islands, and Hawaii, August 7-13, 2014


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Secretary Kerry traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan; Naypyitaw, Burma; Sydney, Australia; Honiara, Solomon Islands; and Honolulu, Hawaii August 7-13, 2014

Secretary Kerry arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 7, to meet with Afghan leaders, including presidential candidates Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani, as well as President Hamid Karzai. 

The Secretary followed up on his July visit to Kabul and his subsequent phone calls to the candidates, which encouraged both to help accelerate the audit process in which they are both participating, and make progress on the details of the political framework that they agreed to during the Secretary’s last visit.

The Secretary encouraged both candidates to work together in the spirit of collegiality and statesmanship, to ensure national unity and the means to build on the progress the Afghan people have achieved.

Secretary Kerry is traveling to Naypyitaw, Burma; Sydney, Australia; Honiara, Solomon Islands; and Honolulu, Hawaii, August 8-13.

On August 9, Secretary Kerry arrived in Naypyitaw to meet Burmese Government leaders and to attend the U.S.-ASEAN, Lower Mekong Initiative, Friends of the Lower Mekong Initiative, ASEAN Regional Forum, and East Asia Summit ministerial meetings. Engaging the region’s multilateral institutions is one of the key aspects of U.S. commitment in Asia to promote peace, stability, and prosperity. The Secretary also participated in a series of bilateral meetings.

Secretary Kerry traveled to Sydney, Australia, August 11-13, joining U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and Australian Defense Minister David Johnston for the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) to advance our longstanding security cooperation and discuss regional and global issues.

On August 13, Secretary Kerry traveled to Honiara, Solomon Islands to meet government leaders and attend wreath laying ceremonies at the Guadalcanal American Memorial and Solomon Scouts and Coastwatchers Memorial. Later that day, he departed for Honolulu, Hawaii to give remarks at the East-West Center.


Hawaii

 

Remarks

-08/13/14  U.S. Vision for Asia-Pacific Engagement;  Secretary of State John Kerry; East-West Center; Honolulu, Hawaii

Solomon Islands

 

Remarks

-08/13/14  Remarks at the American Guadalcanal Memorial in Honiara, Solomon Islands;  Secretary of State John Kerry; American Guadalcanal Memorial; Honiara, Solomon Islands
-08/13/14  Remarks Before Meeting With Prime Minister Gordon Lilo of Solomon Islands;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Honiara, Solomon Islands
-08/13/14  Remarks With Governor General of the Solomon Islands Frank Kabui Before Their Meeting;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Honiara, Solomon Islands

australia

Remarks

-08/12/14  Remarks With Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, and Australian Minister of Defense David Johnston;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Admiralty House; Sydney, Australia
-08/11/14  Remarks After a Tour of the HMB Endeavour;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Australian National Maritime Museum; Sydney, Australia
-08/11/14  Background Briefing En Route to Sydney, Australia; En Route to Sydney, Australia

Press Releases

-08/12/14  Joint Communique AUSMIN 2014; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC

Burma

Remarks

-08/10/14  Opening Remarks at ASEAN Regional Forum;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Naypyitaw, Burma
-08/10/14  Press Availability on the Attended Ministerial Meetings;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Lake Garden Hotel; Naypyitaw, Burma
-08/10/14  Remarks at the East Asia Summit Ministerial Intervention;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Naypyitaw, Burma
-08/10/14  Remarks With Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se And Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida Before Their Meeting;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Naypyitaw, Burma
-08/10/14  Background Briefing on Secretary Kerry's Participation in ASEAN; Office of the Spokesperson; Naypyitaw, Burma
-08/09/14  Remarks at the Friends of the Lower Mekong Ministerial Meeting;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Myanmar International Conference Center; Naypyitaw, Burma
-08/09/14  Remarks at the Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Myanmar International Conference Center; Naypyitaw, Burma
-08/09/14  Remarks at the Start of the U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Myanmar International Conference Center; Naypyitaw, Burma

Press Releases

-08/10/14  U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
-08/10/14  U.S. Engagement in the 2014 ASEAN Regional Forum; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
-08/10/14  Seventh Ministerial Meeting of the Lower Mekong Initiative Joint Statement; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
-08/10/14  Fourth Friends of the Lower Mekong Ministerial Meeting Joint Statement; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
-08/09/14  The Lower Mekong Initiative Sets Course for 2015-2020; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
-08/09/14  Launch of the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Eminent and Expert Persons Group (EEPG); Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
-08/09/14  U.S. Companies in Burma: Doing Business Responsibly; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
-08/09/14  U.S. Assistance to Burma; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC

afghanistan

Remarks

-08/08/14  Remarks With Afghan Officials After Their Meeting;  Secretary of State John Kerry; United Nations Assistance Mission; Kabul, Afghanistan
-08/06/14  Background Briefing on Secretary Kerry's Trip to Kabul, Afghanistan; En Route to Kabul, Afghanistan

SECRETARY'S SCHEDULE

-08/14/14   August 14 - Thursday
-08/13/14   August 13 - Wednesday
-08/12/14   August 12 - Tuesday
-08/10/14   August 10 - Sunday
-08/09/14   August 09 - Saturday
-08/08/14   August 08 - Friday
-08/07/14   August 07 - Thursday

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