WASHINGTON—Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Switzerland next week to attend a conference on Syria and speak at the annual World Economic Forum.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Wednesday that on his five-day trip, starting Jan. 21, Kerry will participate in a U.N.-hosted conference in Montreux on Syria. The gathering is aimed at negotiating a political transition to end the crisis in Syria.

At the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, Kerry is to deliver a speech about the U.S. commitment to the Middle East and its engagement in the region.


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