Kerry heads to Mideast, Europe, Asia with Syria on his mind

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Posted: May 13, 2016 11:13 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is heading off on another round-the-world diplomatic mission with stops in the Middle East and Europe to focus on crises in Syria, Libya and Yemen. He then heads to Asia where he will briefly join President Barack Obama in Vietnam.

Just a day after he returned from Paris and London, the State Department said Kerry will depart on Friday for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. From there, he travels to Vienna for meetings on Syria, Libya and tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. He will then visit Brussels for a meeting of NATO foreign ministers and then fly to Asia.

Before meeting Obama in Vietnam, Kerry will make a short stop in Myanmar.