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Kerry To Pitch Iran Nuclear Deal In Mideast Visits Next Week

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Egypt and the Persian Gulf next week for talks on the recent nuclear deal between major powers and Iran, and the fight against Islamic State militants.

Kerry will visit Cairo on Aug. 2 for a session of the U.S.-Egypt Strategic Dialogue, a forum that "reaffirms the United States' longstanding and enduring partnership with Egypt," the State Department said July 27.

On Aug. 3 he will travel to Doha to meet with the Gulf Cooperation Council, which comprises Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar, for talks on the Iran nuclear deal, the war in Syria, and the battle against IS.

In Doha, Kerry will also meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. Kerry has said he and Lavrov will discuss combating IS, the Syrian war, and the role Iran could play.

After a week in the MIddle East, Kerry will spend a week visiting southeast Asia.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP