Visit to France by John Kerry, Secretary of State (Paris, February 27, 2013)
Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, had a meeting with John Kerry, US Secretary of State, on February 27.
On Mr Kerry’s first visit to France since his appointment, the discussions allowed us to talk about the whole range of bilateral and transatlantic relations and the major international issues.
M. Fabius and his counterpart discussed the situation in Mali, on which we are cooperating very closely. In particular, they talked about the prospects of restarting negotiations for the Middle East peace process, the situation in Syria, Iran’s nuclear programme, the stabilization of Afghanistan and the North Korea issue.
They also discussed global challenges, including the fight against climate change, and trade issues, looking ahead to an agreement to establish a free-trade area between the United States and the European Union.
Finally, the meeting allowed us to recall the excellent, substantive nature of the bilateral relationship, as much on the economic front as in terms of cultural, academic and scientific exchanges.