Sec. Kerry to discuss drone strikes, economy on trip to Islamabad

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announces further peace talks at a news conference with Israel's Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat at the State Department in Washington July 30, 2013. Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday on an unannounced trip to discuss counter-terrorism efforts including drone strikes, border security with Afghanistan, and the strengthening of the country’s economy.

Kerry’s trip to Islamabad, his first to Pakistan as head of the State Department, remained unannounced until his arrival for security reasons. He arrived on Wednesday evening local time and was met by Ambassador Richard Olson as well as officials from Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Secretary Kerry’s discussions will focus on a wide range of topics including promoting security, strengthening the Pakistani economy, and reinforcing people-to-people ties between the United States and Pakistan, in addition to regional topics of mutual interest,” State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a release on Wednesday.

Kerry will stop in London after departing for the U.S.