Kerry to join Hagel and Obama abroad next week

Kerry will join Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and President Obama abroad. 

Kerry will be in Tokyo Oct. 2 to 3 with Hagel for the U.S. Japan Security Consultative Committee meeting, where leaders of both nations will discuss how to further strengthen their alliance, the State Department said in a release Thursday. 

Kerry last visited Japan in April. 

On Oct. 4, Kerry will fly to Bali, Indonesia, to join Obama for his APEC meetings and to lead the department’s delegation. They will talk about economic growth, cooperation, investment and trade between the United States and the Asian-Pacific region. 

Kerry has not yet visited Indonesia as a top diplomat, which is where Obama spent several years of his childhood. The president last visited the country in 2011. 

After that stop, Obama will move on to Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines for additional meetings with his counterparts in those countries. 

The Obama administration affirmed its commitment this year to improving America’s relationship with that region.  

Since taking over at the State Department, Kerry has visited 32 countries, and has traveled more than 190,600 miles. 

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