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TODAY   |  February 25, 2013

John Kerry on first overseas trip as secretary of state

The newly-appointed secretary of state is facing his debut on the world stage, heading overseas for the first time as secretary with plans to visit nine countries in 11 days.

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>>> john kerry is in london this morning as he kicks off his first official overseas trip as secretary of state. andrea mitchell is traveling with him. good morning.

>> reporter: good morning, natalie. secretary clinton could not resolve syria and secretary kerry is facing his debut on the world stage, trying to deal with the same problem. he met today with the prime minister at downing street , david cameron , as the allies are trying to scramble, trying to salvage a key meeting with syrian opposition leaders scheduled later this week in rome. syrian rebels do not want to go to the meeting because they are frustrated that the u.s. and europe have refused to provide arms and other aid and create a no-fly zone. secretary clinton had proposed that along with defense secretary leon panetta last year, at least proposed arming and training some rebel groups but the president rejected that plan last year. tomorrow, of course, the biggest problem, the biggest obstacle that the new secretary of state, john kerry , will face to getting rid of the assad reg seem russia. will he meet tomorrow in berlin with the russian foreign leader. that's a very big challenge. a visiting tour, nine countries in 11 days. natalie?

>> andrea mitchell traveling with the secretary in london this morning. thank you.