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Secretary Kerry in Brussels: EU-U.S. Reaffirm Rock-Solid Relationship

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Brussels.

Describing the EU-U.S. relationship as “rock solid,” President Barroso said their discussion centered on Syria, climate change, improving the economy and the “very promising Transatlantic Trade and Investment Agreement, and how we can make this move forward.” President Barroso noted, “I believe we can get a mandate from our Member States before summer, that we can keep the momentum and have this historic game changer agreement ready as soon as possible,” adding that “Europe and the U.S. are key drivers for global stability.”

After their discussion, President Barroso and Secretary Kerry spoke with a group of European Commission interns and answered their questions on Transatlantic relations. Secretary Kerry congratulated the European Union and the leadership of President Barroso and High Representative Catherine Ashton for what he said was “tremendous effort in diplomacy” to bring about the Serbia-Kosovo agreement. Secretary Kerry also acknowledged the EU’s humanitarian support in Syria and reiterated that we must work together to find a peaceful resolution in the region.

VIDEO – President Barroso and Secretary Kerry statements