Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped his meeting in France with President Francois Hollande just as U.S. officials announced they were nearing a decision about arming rebels in Syria, the nation once controlled by French rulers.
Tuesday, White House officials said the administration would soon announce whether the United States would give assistance to rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, The Associated Press reports. The officials made clear any assistance would be of the non-lethal type and would only go toward those opposition groups that had been fully vetted, AP said.
Against this backdrop, Mr. Kerry met with French rulers, as part of his first overseas diplomatic mission since taking the cabinet office. According to AP, one of Mr. Kerry’s main speaking topics on this tour is Syria. But he’s also focusing on the fate of Iran’s nuclear program.
Mr. Kerry seems to have wrapped his trip to France without making any diplomatic flubs. He’s made a couple high-profile ones so far, telling a German student body that Americans “have the right to be stupid” and mixing up the names of two countries to invent a new one, Kyrzakhstan.
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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