Kerry promotes solidarity with Canada
Ottawa, Ontario — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Canada to offer condolences and express solidarity with the country following last week’s terrorist attacks.
Kerry arrived in Ottawa on Tuesday on his first trip to Canada since taking office and was headed to the National War Memorial to lay a wreath in honor of the Canadian soldier who was slain there by a gunman believed to have been inspired by the Islamic State group. The attack on Wednesday was the second in three days in Canada, after an earlier incident in Quebec.
During his brief visit, Kerry will also see Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Foreign Minister John Baird and meet with members of Parliament.
Officials traveling with Kerry said there were virtually no areas of disagreement between the neighbors on big international issues, including the fight against extremism, the effort to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus and the crisis in Ukraine.
The pair of attacks in Canada have prompted concerns among some in the U.S. over security along the world’s longest undefended border. But the officials with Kerry said that while there is always room for improvement, Washington is satisfied with the current state of cooperation with Ottawa on the matter.
The officials said one area of U.S.-Canada friction — delays and uncertainty in the Obama administration’s decision over the controversial Keystone XL pipeline — is not expected to be a major topic of discussion in Kerry’s meetings.
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