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Visits of Secretaries of State to the UK

Visits of Secretaries of State to the United Kingdom

4-5 September 2014
John Forbes Kerry
Travel to Newport, South Wales, United Kingdom to participate in the 2014 Summit meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).   While in Wales, Secretary Kerry met with several foreign counterparts to discuss regional issues including the United States' ongoing efforts to support the Iraqi government and the threats posed by ISIL, as well as attend meetings with President Obama.

13 June 2014
John Forbes Kerry
London
On June 13, Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to London, United Kingdom to participate in the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict (via gov.uk) chaired by U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague and Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie.

14 May 2014
John Forbes Kerry
London
Secretary Kerry travelled travel to London, UK, on 15 May where he participated in a UK-hosted meeting of the core group of the Friends of Syrian People, also known as the "London 11." See: Secretary Kerry's Press Availability after meeting in London.

14 March 2014
John Forbes Kerry
London
Secretary Kerry travelled to London on 14 March to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.  See also: Background Briefing on Secretary Kerry's Trip to London.

24-25 November 2013
John Forbes Kerry
London
Secretary Kerry met with UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan.

22 October 2013
John Forbes Kerry

London
Secretary Kerry attended the London 11 ministerial meeting with key international partners and Syrian Coalition leadership to review progress towards convening the Geneva Conference on Syria.

13 October 2013
John Forbes Kerry
London 
Secretary Kerry met UN Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi about the Geneva conference for peace in Syria.

08-09 September 2013
John Forbes Kerry

London
Secretary Kerry met with UK Foreign Secretary Hague and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss a range of issues including the ongoing, direct, final status negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians.

02 August 2013
John Forbes Kerry

London
Secretary Kerry met with UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed and visited the U.S. Embassy in London where he announced visa changes for same-sex couples.

10 - 11 April 2013
John Forbes Kerry

London
Secretary Kerry attended the G-8 Foreign Ministers Meetings and had some bilateral meetings...read more.  

25 February 2013
John Forbes Kerry
London 
Secretary Kerry met UK  Prime Minister David Cameron and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague.  He also visited visited Parliament and No 10 Downing Street (photos on Flickr).

7 December 2012
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Belfast
Met with First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.

23 - 24 February 2012
Hillary Rodham Clinton
London
Attended the London Conference on Somalia.

23 - 25 May 2011
Hillary Rodham Clinton
London
Secretary Clinton accompanied President Obama on his State Visit to the United Kingdom.

29 March 2011
Hillary Rodham Clinton
London
Attended the International Conference on the Libyan Crisis (announcement)

2010

26-28 January 2010
Hillary Rodham Clinton

London
Secretary Clinton attended a ministerial meeting on Yemen on January 27 and the International Conference on Afghanistan on January 28.... read more.

October 09-12 2009
Hillary Rodham Clinton
London
Met with Prime Minister Brown and Foreign Secretary Milliband. In Belfast emphasized the U.S. commitment to the joint economic prosperity of Northern Ireland and the United States and met with First Minister Robinson and Deputy First Minister McGuinness.

1-3 May 2008
Condoleezza Rice
London
Meeting with the UN Quartet and a P5+1 meeting on Iran and discuss Kosovo. Met separately with Foreign Secretary Milliband and Quartet Envoy Tony Blair.

06 February 2008
Condoleezza Rice
London
Participated in bilateral meetings with senior British officials, including Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

 18-19 October 2007
Condoleezza Rice
London
Met with Jordan's King Abdullah.

16-17 February 2007
Condoleezza Rice
RAF Mildenhall
Refuelling stop

18-19 January 2007
Condoleezza Rice
London
Met with Prime Minister Tony Blair for talks and had dinner with Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett.

06 -07 October 2006
Condoleezza Rice
Chequers
Met Prime Minister Tony Blair for talks.

 27 June 2006
Condoleezza Rice
Prestwick, Scotland
Refuelling stop

 03 - 04 April 2006
Condoleezza Rice
London
Met for talks with Prime Minister Tony Blair.

30 March 30 - 01 April  2006
Condoleezza Rice
Liverpool, Blackburn
Visited the constituency of Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.

29 - 31 January 2006
Condoleezza Rice
London
Led the U.S. delegation at the London Conference on Afghanistan. Also had a meeting of the Middle East Quartet and a dinner with ministers from the EU-3 countries.

October 15 - 16, 2005
Condoleezza Rice
London, Chequers
Met Prime Minister Tony Blair for talks over Iran and Iraq.

June 22 - 23, 2005
Condoleezza Rice
London
Participated in a Ministerial Meeting of the G-8 in preparation for the July G-8 Summit.

February 28- March 2, 2005
Condoleezza Rice
London
Participated in the London Meeting Supporting the Palestinian Authority.

February 3 - 4, 2005
Condoleezza Rice
London
Met with Prime Minister Tony Blair and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.

November 18-20, 2003
Colin L. Powell
London
Accompanied President Bush on a State Visit.

April 7-8, 2003
Colin L. Powell
Belfast, Hillsborough (Northern Ireland)
Accompanied President Bush to meetings with Prime Minister Blair and with Irish Prime Minister Ahern and Northern Irish political leaders.

December 11, 2001
Colin L. Powell
London
Met with Prime Minister Blair and Foreign Minister Straw.
Remarks with British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Downing Street, London, United Kingdom.

2000

May 26 2000
Madeleine K. Albright London
Addressed the London School of Economics.

March 6, 1999
Madeleine K. Albright
London
Discussed the U.S. peace plan for Kosovo with special envoy Dole and Foreign Secretary Cook.

February 5, 1999
Madeleine K. Albright
London
Attended a meeting of Contact Group Foreign Ministers.

January 28-29, 1999
Madeleine K. Albright
London
Attended a meeting of Contact Group Foreign Ministers.

October 8, 1998
Madeleine K. Albright
London
Discussed the Kosovo crisis with Contact Group Foreign Ministers.

June 12, 1998
Madeleine K. Albright
London
Discussed the South Asian nuclear crisis and the Kosovo crisis with the G-8 Foreign Ministers.

May 17-28, 1998
Madeleine K. Albright
London
Attended U.S.-EU Summit meeting and met with PLO Chairman Arafat.

May 3-9, 1998
Madeleine K. Albright
London
Met with Prime Minister Blair, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, and PLO Chairman Arafat; attended G-8 Foreign Ministers meeting.

March 8-9, 1998
Madeleine K. Albright
London
Discussed the Kosovo crisis with representatives of the Contact Group.

January 30-31, 1998
Madeleine K. Albright
London, Ascot
Discussed the Iraq crisis with British Foreign Secretary Cook and King Hussein of Jordan.

December 22-30, 1997
Madeleine K. Albright
London
Private visit.

December 18, 1997
Madeleine K. Albright
London
Met with PLO Chairman Arafat.

November 14-25, 1997
Madeleine K. Albright
Edinburgh, London
Discussed the Iraq crisis with Foreign Secretary Cook, and the Middle East peace process with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

June 29-July 1, 1997
Madeleine K. Albright
Hong Kong
Attended the transfer of sovereignty from the United Kingdom to China.

February 18-29, 1997
Madeleine K. Albright
London
Met with Prime Minister Major and Foreign Secretary Rifkind.

September 7-8, 1996
Warren M. Christopher
London
Met with Israeli Foreign Minister Levy.

September 5, 6, 1996
Warren M. Christopher
London
Discussed the Northern Iraq and Bosnian crises with Prime Minister Major and Foreign Secretary Rifkind

July 20-22, 1995
Warren M. Christopher
London
Discussed the Bosnian conflict with NATO and Contact Group representatives.

July 1-5, 1994
Warren M. Christopher
London
Private visit to London.

June 4-5, 1994
Warren M. Christopher
Cambridge, London, Portsmouth
Accompanied President Clinton to meeting with Prime Minister Major and to D-Day commemorative ceremonies.

April 25-26, 1994
Warren M. Christopher
London
Discussed the Bosnian conflict with the Foreign Ministers of the United Kingdom and France. Also met with King Hussein of Jordan.

May 2-3, 1993
Warren M. Christopher
London, Chevening
Discussed the Bosnian crisis with senior British officials and with the Foreign Ministers of Spain and Greece.

June 11-22, 1992
James A. Baker, III
London
Discussed strategic arms reductions with Russian Foreign Minister Kozyrev.

May 22-23, 1992
James A. Baker, III
London
Met with Prime Minister Major.

July 15-28, 1991
James A. Baker, III
London
Attended Economic Summit Meeting and accompanied President Bush to meetings with Soviet President Gorbachev.

January 13, 1991
James A. Baker, III
Alconbury
Discussed the Persian Gulf crisis with Prime Minister Major.

January 6-8, 1991
James A. Baker, III
London
Discussed the Persian Gulf crisis with Foreign Secretary Hurd, EC Chairman Poos, Spanish Foreign Minister Fernandez Ordonez, and NATO Secretary General Woerner.

November 13, 1990
James A. Baker, III
Bermuda
Met with Canadian External Affairs Secretary Clark.

November 9-20, 1990
James A. Baker, III
London
Met with Prime Minister Thatcher.

July 5-6, 1990
James A. Baker, III
London
Accompanied President Bush to NATO Summit Meeting.

June 6-8, 1990
James A. Baker, III
Turnberry
Attended NATO Foreign (Scotland) Ministers' Meeting.

April 13-24, 1990
James A. Baker, III
Bermuda
Accompanied President Bush to an informal meeting with Prime Minister Thatcher.

1990

December 11, 1989
James A. Baker, III
London
Met with Prime Minister Thatcher and Foreign Secretary Hurd.

May 31-June 2, 1989
James A. Baker, III
London
Accompanied President Bush.

February 11-22, 1989
James A. Baker, III
London
Met with Foreign Secretary Howe.

July 13-24, 1988
George P. Shultz
Hong Kong
Met with British colonial officials.

March 3, 1988
George P. Shultz
London
Met with King Hussein of Jordan regarding a Middle East peace initiative.

March 1, 1988
George P. Shultz
London
Met with King Hussein of Jordan regarding a Middle East peace initiative.

December 15-26, 1987
George P. Shultz
London
Met with Prime Minister Thatcher and Foreign Secretary Howe.

October 19-20, 1987
George P. Shultz
London
Met with King Hussein of Jordan.

February 27-March 1, 1987
George P. ShultzHong Kong
Stopped en route to China.

January 6-7, 1987
George P. Shultz
Bermuda
Met with Foreign Secretary Howe.

June 21-23, 1986
George P. Shultz
Hong Kong
Stopped en route to China.

December 9-20, 1986
George P. Shultz
Chevening
Met with Foreign Secretary Howe.

June 7-8, 1985
George P. Shultz
London
Met with Prime Minister Thatcher. Attended a conference of U.S. Chiefs of Mission. Returned by way of Bermuda.

July 6-7, 1985
George P. Shultz
Hong Kong
Stopped en route to Thailand.

December 10-21, 1985
George P. Shultz
London
Met with Prime Minister

December 11-22, 1984
George P. Shultz
Chevening
Met with Foreign Secretary Howe.

July 7-8, 1984
George P. Shultz
Hong Kong
Met with British colonial officials.

June 4-9, 1984
George P. Shultz
London
Accompanied President Reagan to the Economic Summit meeting.

January 15-26, 1984
George P. Shultz
London
Met with Prime Minister Thatcher and Foreign Secretary Howe.

February 8-9, 1983
George P. Shultz
Hong Kong
Attended a meeting of Chiefs of U.S. Missions in Asia and the Pacific.

December 16-29, 1982
George P. Shultz
London
Met with Prime Minister Thatcher and Foreign Secretary Pym.

June 7-9, 1982
Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
London
Accompanied President Reagan on a State visit.

April 12-23, 1982
Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
London
Attempted to resolve the Falkland/Malvinas crisis.

April 8-9, 1982
Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
London
Attempted to resolve the Falkland/Malvinas crisis.

January 29, 1982
Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
London
Met with Prime Minister Thatcher while returning to U.S.

June 12-24, 1981
Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
Hong Kong
Official visit. Stopped en route to China.

April 9-21, 1981
Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
London
Met with Prime Minister Thatcher and Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington.

December 12-24, 1980
Edmund S. Muskie
London
Met with Prime Minister Thatcher and Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington.

February 21-22, 1980
Cyrus R. Vance
London
Discussed responses to Soviet invasion of Afghanistan with Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington.

1980

December 10, 1979
Cyrus R. Vance
London
Discussed international responses to the Iranian hostage crisis with Prime Minister Thatcher and Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington.

May 20-24, 1979
Cyrus R. Vance
London
Met with Prime Minister Thatcher and Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington. Also met with Israeli Prime Minister Bergin May 24.

December 9-20, 1978
Cyrus R. Vance
London
Addressed the Royal Institute for International Affairs.

July 17-20, 1978
Cyrus R. Vance
London, Hollingbourne
Discussed the Rhodesian question with Foreign Secretary Owen. Also met with the Egyptian and Israeli Foreign Ministers at Leeds Castle, July 18.

June 16-27, 1978
Cyrus R. Vance
London
Attended a meeting of U.S. Chiefs of Mission.

April 18-29, 1978
Cyrus R. Vance
London
Attended CENTO Ministerial Meeting.

August 11-23, 1977
Cyrus R. Vance
London
Discussed Rhodesia with Foreign Secretary Owen.

May 5-21, 1977
Cyrus R. Vance
London
Accompanied President Carter to Economic Summit Meeting. Attended NATO Ministerial Meeting (May 10-21). Met May 11 with Israeli Foreign Minister Allon.

April 1, 1977
Cyrus R. Vance
London
Briefed Prime Minister Callaghan on meetings with Soviet leaders.

December 10-22, 1976
Henry A. Kissinger
London
Discussed Rhodesia with Foreign Secretary Crosland.

September 23-24, 1976
Henry A. Kissinger
London
Discussed Rhodesia and Namibia with Foreign Secretary Crosland.

September 3-4, 1976
Henry A. Kissinger
London
Discussed Rhodesia and Namibia with Foreign Secretary Crosland.

August 4, 1976
Henry A. Kissinger
London
Met with Prime Minister Callaghan and Foreign Secretary Crosland.

June 24-25, 1976
Henry A. Kissinger
London
Met with Prime Minister Callaghan and Foreign Secretary Crosland.

May 25-27, 1976
Henry A. Kissinger
London
Attended CENTO Council of Ministers meeting.

April 23, 1976
Henry A. Kissinger
Waddington Met with Foreign Secretary Crosland.

July 12, 1975
Henry A. Kissinger
London
Met with Foreign Secretary Callaghan.

March 6, 1975
Henry A. Kissinger
Cardiff
Attended a banquet in honor of Foreign Secretary Callaghan.

February 18, 1975
Henry A. Kissinger
London
Met with Foreign Secretary Callaghan.

July 8-9, 1974
Henry A. Kissinger
London
Briefed Foreign Secretary Callaghan on the U.S.-Soviet summit.

March 28, 1974
Henry A. Kissinger
London
Met with Prime Minister Wilson and Foreign Minister Callaghan.

February 25, 1974
Henry A. Kissinger
London
Met with Prime Minister Heath and Foreign Secretary Douglas-Home en route to the Middle East.

December 12, 1973
Henry A. Kissinger
London
Attended a Chiefs of Mission conference.

October 22, 1973
Henry A. Kissinger
London
Met with Foreign Secretary Douglas-Hume.

July 1, 1973
William P. Rogers
London
Attended the birthday party of former Prime Minister Douglas-Home.

June 1-2, 1972
William P. Rogers
London
Attended CENTO Ministerial Meeting.

May 3-4, 1972
William P. Rogers
London
Pre-summit consultations with Prime Minister Heath and Foreign Secretary Douglas-Home.

December 20-21, 1971
William P. Rogers
Bermuda
Accompanied President Nixon to meeting with British Prime Minister Heath.

April 26-29, 1971
William P. Rogers
London
Attended SEATO Council Meeting.

October 3, 1970
William P. Rogers
London
Accompanied President Nixon on an informal visit.

July 10-22, 1970
William P. Rogers
London
Met with Prime Minister Heath and Foreign Secretary Home.

1970

August 3-5, 1969
William P. Rogers
Hong Kong
Met with British colonial officials and held a press conference.

February 24-26, 1969
William P. Rogers
London
Accompanied President Nixon on an informal visit.

June 9-20, 1966
Dean Rusk
London
Met with Prime Minister Wilson.

May 12-24, 1965
Dean Rusk
London, Runnymede
Attended NATO meeting and dedication of JFK Memorial.

January 28-30, 1965
Dean Rusk
London
Attended the funeral of former Prime Minister Churchill.

December 18-29, 1963
Dean Rusk
London
Met with Foreign Secretary Butler.

June 27-30, 1963
Dean Rusk
London
Accompanied President Kennedy.

June 24-27, 1962
Dean Rusk
London, Oxford
Met with Prime Minister Macmillan and Foreign Secretary Home. Received an honorary degree from Oxford University.

April 29-May 2, 1962
Dean Rusk
London
Attended CENTO Ministerial Council Meeting.

December 20-22, 1961
Dean Rusk
Bermuda
Accompanied President Kennedy to a meeting with Prime Minister Macmillan.

June 4-6, 1961
Dean Rusk
London
Accompanied President Kennedy during a private visit.

April 26-27, 1960
Christian A. Herter
London
Overnight stop en route to Tehran.

1960

August 27-September 2, 1959
Christian A. Herter
London, Chequers
Accompanied President Eisenhower on an informal visit. Also met with Spanish Foreign Minister Castiella.

 

February 4-5, 1959
John Foster Dulles
London
Met with Prime Minister Macmillan and Foreign Secretary Lloyd.

December 19, 1958-January 3, 1959
John Foster Dulles
High Rock (Jamaica)
Vacation.

October 19, 1958
John Foster Dulles
Brize Norton
Met with Foreign Secretary Lloyd en route to Taipei.

July 26-28, 1958
John Foster Dulles
London
Attended the 5th Ministerial Meeting of the Baghdad Pact.

July 29-August 2, 1957
John Foster Dulles
London
Attended UN disarmament conference.

March 21-24, 1957
John Foster Dulles
Bermuda
Attended a meeting between President Eisenhower and Prime Minister Macmillan.

September 18-21, 1956
John Foster Dulles
London
Attended Second Suez Conference.

August 15-24, 1956
John Foster Dulles
London
Attended 22-Power Conference on Suez Canal.

August 1-2, 1956
John Foster Dulles
London
Attended Tripartite Conference on the Suez Canal with the British and French Foreign Ministers.

March 3-4, 1956
John Foster Dulles
Malta
Stopped en route to Pakistan.

January 29-March 6, 1955
John Foster Dulles
Bahamas
Vacation.

September 26-October 3, 1954
John Foster Dulles
London
Attended Nine-Power Conference on Germany.

September 17-28, 1954
John Foster Dulles
London
Conferred with British officials during return from Bonn.

April 11-23, 1954
John Foster Dulles
London
Discussed the situation in Indochina with Foreign Secretary Eden.

December 4-8, 1953
John Foster Dulles
Bermuda
Accompanied President Eisenhower to the Three-Power Conference.

October 15-28, 1953
John Foster Dulles
London
Met with the British and French Foreign Ministers.

February 3-5, 1953
John Foster Dulles
London
Met with Prime Minister Churchill and Foreign Secretary Eden.

July 8, 1952
Dean Acheson
Port-of-Spain (Trinidad)
Overnight stop while returning to U.S.

June 23-28, 1952
Dean Acheson
London, Oxford
Met with British and French Foreign Ministers. Received honorary degree from Oxford University.

February 13-29, 1952
Dean Acheson
London
Attended the funeral of King George VI and conferred with the British and French Foreign Ministers and with West German Chancellor Adenauer.

May 9-29, 1950
Dean Acheson
London
Attended 6th Session of North Atlantic Council.

1950

October 29-November 1, 1948
George C. Marshall
London
Met informally with British officials during a private visit.

November 25-December 15, 1947
George C. Marshall
London
Attended Fifth Session of Council of Foreign Ministers.

January 4-26, 1946
James F. Byrnes
London
Attended first session of the UN General Assembly.

September 5-October 3, 1945
James F. Byrnes
London
Attended Council of Foreign Ministers meeting.

August 2, 1945
James F. Byrnes
Plymouth
Accompanied President Truman to a meeting with King George VI. Returned to U.S. August 7.

January 31-February 2, 1945
Edward R. Stettinius, Jr.
Malta
Attended the Malta Conference.

1940

January 8, 1937
Cordell Hull
Port of Spain, (Trinidad)
Stopped while returning to to U.S. Returned January 13, 1937.

June 8-July 27, 1933
Cordell Hull
London
Chairman of U.S. Delegation to the Monetary and Economic Conference. Left U.S. May 3l; returned August 1.

July 28-August 28, 1931
Henry Lewis Stimson
London, Rogart
Met with Prime Minister MacDonald; vacationed in Scotland. Returned to U.S. September 3.

July 19-24, 1931
Henry Lewis Stimson
London
Attended conference on the German economic crisis.

January 25-April 22, 1930
Henry Lewis Stimson
London
Attended London Naval Conference. Left U.S. January 8; returned April 30.

1930

July 19-28, 1924
Charles Evans Hughes
London
As President of the American Bar Association, attended an international law

February 17-March 4, 1922
Charles Evans Hughes
Bermuda
Vacation. Left U.S. February 15; returned March 6.

January 19-21, 1921
Bainbridge Colby
Port-of-Spain (Trinidad)
Met with British colonial officials while returning from South America. Returned to U.S. January 26.

December 10, 1920
Bainbridge Colby
Bridgetown, (Barbados)
Met with British colonial officials during a refueling stop en route to South America. Left U.S. December 4.

1920

April 8, 1912
Philander C. Knox
Kingston, Port Antonio (Jamaica)
Met with British colonial officials during unofficial visit.

1910

August 1-33, 1905
Elihu Root
Newfoundland, Labrador
Gathered information on the fisheries question during a vacation trip.

June 2-7, 1905
John Hay
London, Liverpool
Vacation trip for health reasons. Returned to U.S. June l5; died July l.

See also: Travels with the Secretary of State (State.gov)

Information taken from the Department of State, Office of the Historian publication, Foreign Travels of the Secretary of State