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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) The U.S. State Department says Secretary of State John Kerry will travel next week to Europe and then make a brief tour of North Africa.

The department said Wednesday that Kerry will visit Brussels for a NATO foreign ministers meeting on April 1 that is likely to focus on Russia and Ukraine, as well as in Afghanistan ahead of the end of year deadline for the withdrawal of international forces from that country. In Brussels, Kerry will also see European Union officials to better coordinate the western response to Russia's annexation of Crimea.

From Brussels, the department says that Kerry will travel to Algeria and Morocco for talks on counterterrorism and bolstering democratic transitions in the Arab world.

The announcement was made in Jordan where Kerry is currently visiting.