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State Department schedule:


DEPARTMENT OF STATE


PUBLIC SCHEDULE


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2013



SECRETARY JOHN KERRY


Secretary Kerry is on foreign travel to Paris, France and Rome, Italy. Secretary Kerry is accompanied by Ambassador Marshall, Assistant Secretary Gordon and is joined by Acting Assistant Secretary Jones and U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford in Rome, Italy.


8:35 a.m. LOCAL 

Secretary Kerry participates in a working breakfast with French President Francois Hollande, in Paris, France.
(POOLED CAMERA SPRAY)



9:40 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Kerry meets with the staff and families of Embassy Paris, the U.S. Mission to OECD, and the U.S. Mission to UNESCO, in Paris, France (POOLED PRESS COVERAGE)



12:05 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Kerry meets with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, in Paris, France.
(POOLED CAMERA SPRAY)



12:35 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Kerry participates in a working lunch with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, in Paris, France.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)



1:45 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Kerry holds a joint press availability with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, in Paris, France.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)



5:30 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Kerry meets with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, in Rome, Italy.
(POOLED CAMERA SPRAY)



6:10 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Kerry meets with Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics, and Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius, in Rome, Italy.
(POOLED CAMERA SPRAY)



7:50 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Kerry meets with Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata, in Rome, Italy.
(POOLED CAMERA SPRAY)



8:05 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Kerry attends a reception and takes a family photo with European foreign ministers, in Rome, Italy.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)



8:40 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Kerry attends a dinner to discuss global issues with European foreign ministers, in Rome, Italy.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)


DEPUTY SECRETARY BILL BURNS

10:30 a.m. Deputy Secretary Burns attends a meeting at the White House.
(MEDIA DETERMINED BY WHITE HOUSE)



UNDER SECRETARY FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS WENDY SHERMAN



Under Secretary Sherman is on foreign travel to Kazakhstan, Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia from February 23 to March 4 for official meetings. 

UNDER SECRETARY FOR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS TARA SONENSHINE



Under Secretary Sonenshine is on travel to Boston, Massachusetts.

ACTING UNDER SECRETARY FOR ARMS CONTROL AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY ROSE GOTTEMOELLER 



11:00 a.m. Acting Under Secretary Gottemoeller participates in the State Department-sponsored Foreign Policy Classroom. She will cover the next steps in U.S. arms control policy and the influence of the information age on that policy.
(MEDIA DETERMINED BY HOST)



CHIEF OF PROTOCOL AMBASSADOR CAPRICIA PENAVIC MARSHALL



Ambassador Marshall accompanies Secretary Kerry on foreign travel.



ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIAN AFFAIRS ROBERT BLAKE



1:00 p.m. Assistant Secretary Blake appears before a joint hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittees on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats and on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade, on Capitol Hill. (MEDIA DETERMINED BY HFAC)



ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS JOSE FERNANDEZ



Assistant Secretary Fernandez is on foreign travel to Burma through February 27 to meet with government officials about enhancing economic ties. He also delivers the keynote address at a business symposium jointly hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry.


Assistant Secretary Fernandez travels to Thailand on Feb. 27 to speak with the American Chamber of Commerce on economic engagement with Asia and meet with government officials and business representatives. 



ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR EUROPEAN AND EURASIAN AFFAIRS PHILIP GORDON



Assistant Secretary Gordon accompanies Secretary Kerry on foreign travel.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS MIKE HAMMER



Assistant Secretary Hammer accompanies Under Secretary Sherman on foreign travel to Almaty, Kazakhstan for the P5+1 talks with Iran. 

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR WESTERN HEMISPHERE AFFAIRS ROBERTA JACOBSON

 

12:15 p.m. Assistant Secretary Jacobson delivers the keynote address at the “Women and the Rule of Law: A View from the Americas,” in Washington, DC. 
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)



4:30 p.m. Assistant Secretary Jacobson meets with U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Thomas Shannon, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)



ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND LABOR MICHAEL POSNER



9:30 a.m. Assistant Secretary Posner meets with Iraqi National Security Adviser Falih al-Fayyadh, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)



11:00 a.m. Assistant Secretary Posner attends a meeting at the White House.
(MEDIA DETERMINED BY WHITE HOUSE)



2:00 p.m. Assistant Secretary Posner holds a Burma and Cambodia debriefing for Non-Governmental Organizations, at the Department of State. (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)



AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE AND U.S. GLOBAL AIDS COORDINATOR ERIC GOOSBY



10:00 a.m. Ambassador Goosby attends a meeting at the White House.
(MEDIA DETERMINED BY WHITE HOUSE)



SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR GLOBAL INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS RETA JO LEWIS



8:30 a.m. Special Representative Lewis joins U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Thomas Shannon in an open discussion on “U.S.-Brazil Cooperation: Promoting Growth Through Brazil's Major Sporting Events,” at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, in Washington, DC.
(MEDIA DETERMINED BY HOST)

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