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John Kerry kicks off first foreign tour in London

  • John Kerry held talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London on Monday as part of his first trip abroad as U.S. secretary of state.

    Syria is likely to feature high on the agenda. Kerry is also expected to discuss next month's referendum on whether the Falklands should stay British with his British counterpart William Hague.

    The U.S. has previously stated it is up to Britain and Argentina to work out a resolution.

    Kerry, a former Massachusetts senator and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, has spent nearly three decades in the U.S. Senate as a member of the Foreign Relations Committee.

    He succeeded Hillary Clinton as secretary of state earlier this month.

    His 11-day tour will take him to Paris, Rome and Ankara before a tour of the Middle Eastern capitals including Cairo, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh.