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Kerry in Paris to talk Syria with French

Tuesday - 3/26/2013, 11:04pm  ET

Secretary of State John Kerry presents a birthday cake to traveling CBS correspondent Margaret Brennan, right, during a flight from Kabul to Paris, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. Kerry went to Paris for talks with French officials about aid to the Syrian opposition and the situation in Mali. (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)

MATTHEW LEE
Associated Press

PARIS (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Paris for talks with French officials about aid to the Syrian opposition and the situation in Mali.

Kerry arrived in the French capital Tuesday on the last leg of a five-nation trip that also took him to Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan with President Barack Obama and then on his own to Iraq and Afghanistan.

He will see the French foreign minister on Wednesday. France is one of several European nations that would like to send military aid to the Syrian rebels. It also has been urging the U.S. to boost its assistance.

Kerry will also meet with French business leaders and entrepreneurs to discuss how to promote economic growth and create jobs on both sides of the Atlantic, said State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki.


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