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John Kerry heads out to brief allies on Iran and ISIS


07/30/2015 - 07:49



John Kerry in a nation hoping tour to brief allies on the Iranian-nuclear deal as well as create a strategy for battling ISIS militants.



John Kerry, the U.S. Secretary of State, will be travelling to the Gulf and Egypt next week in order to brief their leadership on the ongoing nuclear deal with Iran. The fight against the horde of Islamic militants is also on the agenda. After this, he is scheduled to sooth ruffled feathers in Southeast Asia, where the China’s are increasingly flexing their naval power to further their territorial ambition.
 
 
Kerry is scheduled to arrive in Cairo on the 2nd August to further strategic dialogs between the U.S and Egypt. A spokesperson from the States Department labelled these talks as one which "reaffirms the United States’ longstanding and enduring partnership with Egypt."
 
The next day, John Kerry is scheduled to travel to Doha and meet his counterparts from the Gulf Cooperation Council, comprising of Bahrain, UAE, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait. Here too his agenda is likely to be the same: he will brief them regarding the ongoing nuclear deal with Iran as well as discuss the battle against the Islamic State and the battle in Syria. He is also likely to meet here his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.
 
On Friday, Kerry had said he plans on discussing with Lavrov, details on how best to combat the militants from the Islamic State as well as a possible Iranian role in the combined war effort, if Ankara agrees to step up its own war efforts and allows U.S fighter jets to launch air strikes from bases bordering Syria.
 
Since long, Russia has been making efforts at rapprochements between Syria and regional states so as to hammer out a united front against militants from the Islamic State.
 
On the 4th of August, Kerry is scheduled to visit Singapore for talks. Incidentally it is also its 50th independence anniversary. Here he will focus on investment and trade and soothe ruffled feathers of China’s increasing assertions while pursuing territorial claims.
 
From 6th to 8th of August, Kerry will be visiting Vietnam, Hanoi, in order to participate in the 20th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations with the U.S, after the U.S lost the Vietnam War.
 
Source(s): Reuters.com





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