U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry begins a four-day diplomatic mission to Europe Monday where he will meet with officials from several countries and participate in an anti-corruption Summit. The anti-corruption gathering Thursday is being hosted by British Prime Minister David Cameron, and will be attended by heads of state from Afghanistan, Colombia and Nigeria, among others. Cameron’s summit is aimed at tackling global corruption, and comes just a few weeks after he was exposed in the leak of the so-called Panama Papers as having a stake in an offshore fund set up by his father. The British leader said he has done nothing wrong. The public will have access to the Panama Papers, which mention various world leaders and dignitaries, beginning Monday. Cameron called corruption “the root of so many of the world’s problems,” and said it is “an enemy of progress.” “For too long there has been a taboo about tackling this issue head-on. The summit will change that. Together, we will push the fight against corruption to the top of the international agenda where it belongs,” he said. Russia will be represented at the summit by Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov. Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg will also be in attendance. Kerry’s first stop during his visit to Europe will be Paris where he will meet Monday with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to discuss a range of issues, including the peace process in Syria and the tense situation in Ukraine, a spokesman said. Kerry will meet with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier Tuesday before heading to London where he plans to hold talks Wednesday with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Kerry will also meet with Oxford University students and give a speech at the Oxford Union. The top U.S. diplomat will attend the Anti-Corruption Summit Thursday before heading back to Washington.
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