Secretary Kerry's Meetings in Brussels

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
April 24, 2013
Secretary Kerry With Afghan President Karzai and Pakistani General Kayani in Brussels

More: Photos From the Trip

Following a busy Tuesday at NATO, Secretary of State John Kerry continued to meet with foreign leaders in Brussels today. Secretary Kerry began this morning with "an expansive conservation" with Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, before he met with Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze and then held a dialogue with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. His meetings covered an extensive range of topics, from the importance of trade negotiations to security issues in Afghanistan.

With Foreign Minister Reynders, Secretary Kerry expressed his appreciation and gratitude for the "great relationship between the United States and Belgium." In his remarks after the meeting, Secretary Kerry highlighted that they had "talked a lot about trade and the importance of being able to move forward on the trade negotiations because both of our economies will benefit enormously." Secretary Kerry and Foreign Minister Reynders also discussed terrorism and the challenges terrorism presents in the Congo, and emphasized that "...we are committed, all of us, to protect our citizens and to do the best job we can to reduce the capacity for terror in the world."

Secretary Kerry's meeting with President Karzai and General Kayami was part of a continuing trilateral discussion on "security and other issues regarding the relationships in the region as well as the road forward heading towards 2014, a critical transformational period." Following the meeting, Secretary Kerry remarked that "there's good feeling among all of us that we made progress in this dialogue in terms of those discussions." Secretary Kerry reaffirmed that "everybody here agreed today that we will continue a very specific dialogue on both the political track as well as the security track, and we have a commitment to do that in the interests of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and peace in the region," but "that results are what will tell the story, not statements at a press conference."

You can read more about the Secretary's visit to Brussels on the State Department's website.



Ashim C.
April 26, 2013

Ashim C. in India writes:

Good trade promotes peace and development. Bad trade does not. Afpak region is the hub of poppy seed culture and drug distribution.It would naive to think Governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan, who the players are in this dirty trade. US too cannot be unaware of this. One's sense is government's of the region have not been acting against them and the drug traders must have invoked fear of loss of livelihood among tribal poppy growers and recruited them into guerilla forces with religious overtones to actually enhance their commercial interest to be sufficiently strong threat to governments , remain a source of permanent nuisance value and get tacit support of governments for their neferious activities. This suits governments also to project their threat perceptions from terrorists and fundamentalists and get millions and billions of dollars of aid in various forms.


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