Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Brussels, Algiers, and Rabat on April 1-5.
While in Brussels, Secretary Kerry attended the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Foreign Ministerial. Secretary Kerry met with fellow Foreign Ministers of the North Atlantic Council to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and preparations for the upcoming NATO Summit in September.
The Secretary participated in meetings of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, the NATO-Georgia Commission, and a meeting with the Foreign Ministers of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) contributing nations. NATO Foreign Ministers also celebrated the success of NATO’s Open Door policy by commemorating the five-, ten-, and fifteen-year anniversaries of Allies who joined the Alliance in the post-Cold War period.
The Secretary also co-chaired the fifth U.S.-EU Energy Council with Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman, EU High Representative Cathy Ashton, and EU Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger. The Council built on extensive cooperation already underway to enhance European energy security and promote energy technologies and policies to address global energy and climate challenges.
In Brussels, the Secretary held bilateral meetings with foreign counterparts as well as a trilateral meeting with EU High Representative Cathy Ashton and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, where they discussed Ukraine, developments in the Middle East and other issues.
While in Algiers, Secretary Kerry met with senior Algerian officials and co-chaired the U.S.-Algeria Strategic Dialogue with Algerian Foreign Minister Lamamra. The dialogue, launched in October 2012, demonstrated our close coordination with Algeria on a range of bilateral and regional issues, including political and security developments, boosting economic ties, and strengthening civil society.
While in Rabat, Secretary Kerry co-chaired the U.S.-Morocco Strategic Dialogue with Moroccan Foreign Minister Mezouar and met with senior Moroccan officials to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues. This dialogue, launched in September 2012, underscored our ongoing close cooperation with Morocco and focused on political affairs, economic and security cooperation, and educational and cultural issues.