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Kerry In London

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague during a news conference. (February 25, 2013)

Secretary Kerry and Foreign Secretary Hague discussed countering terrorism, human rights, and rule of law and democracy.

“In the 20th century, [Great Britain and the United States] fought for freedom side by side, and fought for survival together in war. We thrived together in peace and we stood together . . . to meet the world’s great challenges,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said after his recent meeting with British Foreign Secretary William Hague in London. “In the 21st century, we may face new and more complex . . . challenges, but . . . we face them together just as we did in the last century.”

In London, Secretary Kerry and Foreign Secretary Hague discussed a full agenda from countering terrorism to creating jobs to advancing the shared values of human rights, rule of law and democracy.

“We discussed our agreement . . . to work on a United States-European Union transatlantic trade and investment partnership,” Secretary Kerry said. “Europe . . . is the largest economy in the world. And when you join that together with the United States . . . we have a powerful ability to . . . raise standards and . . . create jobs for all of our people.”

“We also discussed the responsibility that we share to support fragile democracies across the world . . . from Libya to Tunisia and beyond,” Secretary Kerry continued. “The Syrian people deserve better than the horrific violence that now invades and threatens their everyday lives . . . The Assad regime has rained down rockets on Aleppo in recent days . . . We condemn this indiscriminate killing of innocent civilians, and we condemn it in the strongest terms. It is just further evidence that Assad has to go.”

Afghanistan was also on the agenda. Secretary Kerry and Foreign Secretary Hague spoke about the need to remain in close coordination in the upcoming transition to Afghan rule. They had a discussion on the Middle East peace process and the need to move the process forward to realize the shared vision of the states of Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security.

“In the long history of our partnership and our collaboration, the United States and Great Britain have made our countries both stronger, and we’ve made the world more stable and secure,” Secretary Kerry said. “But . . . we come here today with a special commitment to . . . make [the world] safer and more stable and a place of greater opportunity and peace for all peoples.”