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Kerry to visit Mideast, Europe to discuss Iraq

US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit the Middle East and Europe as part of diplomatic efforts to help resolve the situation in Iraq.

State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday that Kerry will make his visit from June 22nd to the 27th.

She said Kerry will consult with US allies on how to support security, stability and the formation of an inclusive government in Iraq.

Kerry will visit Jordan, Belgium and France.
He will hold consultations with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh in Amman and meet representatives of Middle Eastern and Gulf nations in Paris.

On Thursday, President Obama announced plans to dispatch up to 300 military advisors to Iraq to help train government forces in their fight against Sunni insurgents.

Some US media are reporting Kerry is also scheduled to visit Iraq.

Jun. 21, 2014 - Updated 02:07 UTC