Secretary Kerry Travel to Zurich, Davos, Riyadh, Vientiane, Phnom Penh, and Beijing

Press Statement
John Kirby
Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC

January 15, 2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Zurich, Switzerland, on January 20 where he will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss Syria and Ukraine.

Secretary Kerry will then travel to the 2016 World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting taking place in Davos, Switzerland, January 21-22 to consult with world leaders from government, business, and civil society.

Secretary Kerry will travel to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on January 23 to meet with senior Saudi Arabian leaders, as well as the Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council states to discuss bilateral and regional issues.

Secretary Kerry will then travel to Vientiane, Laos, on January 25 to meet with Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong and Foreign Minister/Deputy Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith to discuss the upcoming Special U.S.-ASEAN Summit in Sunnylands, California, affirm support for Laos as this year’s ASEAN Chair, and express continued U.S. interest in a close bilateral relationship.

Secretary Kerry will travel to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on January 26 to meet with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Foreign Minister/Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong to discuss the upcoming special U.S.-ASEAN summit in Sunnylands, California and seek ways to further strengthen bilateral cooperation and the growing bilateral economic relationship.

Secretary Kerry will then travel to Beijing, People’s Republic of China, on January 27 for meetings with senior leaders of the Chinese government ‎to discuss a range of global, regional, and bilateral issues, including North Korea.

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