Paris, France - Secretary Kerry met in Paris today with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to discuss a wide range of bilateral, regional and global issues, including counter-terrorism efforts; Ukraine and Minsk implementation; Syria; tensions in the Middle East, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
The Secretary again expressed his condolences for the victims of recent terrorist attacks in Nice and Normandy. He made clear America's commitment to leading international efforts to defeat Da'esh and to debunk their false narrative. He also discussed our deep concern about the situation in Aleppo and our efforts to address it, as well as US-Russian efforts to reach an understanding on technical details of recent proposals to better enforce the cessation of hostilities and create space for the resumption of UN-led talks between the opposition and the Asad regime.
On Ukraine, Secretary Kerry reiterated the need for full implementation of the Minsk agreement and made clear our intention to continue working to that end bilaterally with both Ukraine and Russia, in support of the Normandy group's efforts.
The Secretary and Foreign Minister also discussed the potential benefits of TTIP for transatlantic economies and recent developments in negotiations aimed at reaching a high-standard agreement that benefits all parties.
Finally, on the issue of ongoing tensions between Israel and the Palestinians, the Secretary and the Foreign Minister discussed international efforts to achieve a two-state solution, including initiatives put forth by France and Egypt. They agreed that strong leadership was required by all parties to help reduce the violence and take practical steps that can lead to meaningful discussions.