March 27 - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with officials in France for talks about aid to the Syrian opposition and the situation in Mali. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with his French counterpart in Paris on Wednesday (March 27) to discuss aid to the Syrian opposition and the situation in Mali. The meeting forms the last part of a five-country trip that has seen Kerry in Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan with President Barack Obama and then on his own in Iraq and Afghanistan. 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.