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John Kerry cancels US return en route from Mideast

PTI | Last Updated: Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 21:15

Shannon: Halfway home from Saudi Arabia, US Secretary of State John Kerry has abruptly changed course and will stay in Europe for talks on Ukraine.

Flying from Riyadh to Shannon, Ireland, for a refuelling stop today, Kerry decided to turn his plane around and will now travel to Paris for a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov likely on Monday.

Kerry had already been due to return to Europe on Tuesday for a meeting with NATO foreign ministers.

Kerry was in Riyadh, as well as Rome and The Hague, with President Barack Obama this week, but was travelling on his own plane. Kerry had made a side trip to Jordan to work on salvaging foundering Mideast peace talks while Obama visited Brussels.

First Published: Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 21:15
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