Manama: John Kerry is now the most travelled secretary of state in US history, breaking the record as he arrived in Bahrain last night.
The trip pushed Kerry past 1.06 million miles as America’s top diplomat, narrowly beating Condoleezza Rice by about 1,000 miles. Rice, who was secretary of state under President George W Bush, held the previous mark with 1.059m miles.
Kerry eclipsed Hillary Clinton’s mileage tally in December.
With 10 months left before a new president takes office, Kerry is showing no signs of tempering his hectic travel schedule.
He flew to the Mideast from New York after attending an energy conference, stopping in Ireland to refuel. He plans to visit Japan later in the week.
The former Massachusetts senator and former Democratic presidential nominee has spent more than 2,300 hours – or 96 days – in the air since becoming secretary of state in February 2013. He has spent parts of 467 different days on his well-worn government plane.
One record eludes Kerry still: Clinton’s 112 countries visited on the job. Having shuttled regularly between several favourite destinations, Kerry had only been to 80 countries. Bahrain makes 81.
He will meet Bahrain’s leadership and hold official talks with Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.
He was welcomed on arrival by the Foreign Minister.
Secretary of State Kerry will also attend talks with GCC foreign ministers on key issues facing the region. The talks are in preparation for the upcoming GCC-US Summit which President Barack Obama will attend on April 21 in Saudi Arabia.