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Kerry Begins Middle East Tour With Focus On Iran, Fight Against Terrorism

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (right) with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (file photo)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Cairo on August 1 at the start of a regional tour expected to focus on Iran and the fight against terrorism.

Egypt's state media reported that Kerry and his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry, would discuss Egypt's antiterrorism campaign in the restive Sinai Peninsula among other issues.

Kerry will travel on to Doha on August 3 to meet his counterparts from the six Gulf Cooperation Council member states to allay fears that Persian Gulf states have about Iran, following a nuclear deal signed in Vienna.

Many Gulf states have said they are concerned about Tehran's ambitions in the region following the deal with major world powers.

Kerry said on July 24 that he would also meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Qatar but did not announce the date of their talks.

Kerry confirmed that cooperation with Russia to fight Islamic State militants in Syria was high on the agenda, as well as what role Iran could plan to bring stability to the region.

On August 1, The Kremlin said Russian Lavrov would meet with Kerry and the Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir during a visit to Qatar on August 2 and August 3.

Based on reporting by dpa, AFP, and Reuters