In Kyiv on March 4, Secretary Kerry met with senior representatives of Ukraine’s new government, leaders of the Rada, and members of civil society. The Secretary reaffirmed the United States' strong support for Ukrainian sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, and the right of the Ukrainian people to determine their own future, without outside interference or provocation.
On March 5-6, Secretary of State John Kerry visits Paris and Rome to participate in conferences focused on Lebanon and Libya.
In Paris on March 5, the Secretary participated in a meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon. This meeting demonstrates international consensus on the need to support Lebanon and its stability, sovereignty, and independence, including international support for the Lebanese Armed Forces, at a critical time for the country. The meeting also provided the international community with the opportunity to highlight the impact of the refugee crisis inside Lebanon, and ongoing efforts to insulate the country from broader regional crises.
While in Paris, Secretary Kerry also held a series of bilateral meetings.
In Rome on March 6, Secretary Kerry participated in the Rome Ministerial Conference on Libya. The conference focused on international support for Libya’s democratic transition and allow the international community to discuss ways to deepen assistance to Libya in key areas, including governance, securing conventional weapons, and border security. It also provided participants with the opportunity to evaluate progress on commitments made to date and reinforce support for Libyan efforts to accelerate implementation of those commitments.
While in Rome, Secretary Kerry also held a series of bilateral meetings.
Secretary Kerry then traveled to Aqaba, where he met with Jordanian King Abdullah II, in Aqaba, Jordan on March 7.