Kerry, who arrived in Paris tonight, will meet Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius for breakfast to discuss international efforts “to bring an end to the Assad regime’s brutal campaign against the Syrian people,” and “to restore democracy in Mali,” according to Jen Psaki, a State Department spokeswoman.
The two men will also discuss the Central African Republic, where the rebel Seleka movement seized power two days ago, Psaki told reporters traveling with Kerry.
Kerry will meet French business leaders to discuss economic growth and the U.S.-European Union trade pact under discussion.
The U.S. and EU are negotiating a free trade accord that, if adopted, would remove tariffs, ease regulatory barriers and expand investment access. Trade between the U.S. and EU amounted to $4.5 trillion in 2011, the U.S. said.
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