Kerry heading to Europe, Mideast

Secretary of State John Kerry steps off of his aircraft as he arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, as he returns from London. While in London, Kerry had meetings with Libyan's Prime Minister Ali Zeidan and British Foreign Secretary William Hague. Prior to London, Kerry was in in Geneva, Switzerland, for the Iran nuclear talks. European Union sanctions against Iran could be eased as soon as December, officials said Monday, after a potentially history-shaping deal that gives Tehran six months to increase access to its nuclear sites in exchange for keeping the core components of its uranium program. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry travels next week to Europe and the Middle East to meet with NATO officials and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Topics for discussion with the Israeli leader include ongoing negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and a recent agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program. Netanyahu has denounced the agreement with Iran.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki (SAH'-kee) said Friday that Kerry will leave Monday evening for Brussels to attend a NATO meeting for foreign ministers Dec. 3 and 4.

Kerry also will make stops in Chisinau, Moldova, to discuss bilateral issues and that country's path toward European integration. He'll go on to Ramallah, West Bank, to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas about the Mideast peace negotiations.

He is to return to Washington Dec. 6.