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February 25th, 2013
06:22 AM ET

Kerry faces challenges on his first trip as Secretary of State – CNN's Jill Dougherty reports


(CNN) – John Kerry's first international trip as secretary of state is right out of diplomatic "central casting" – at least the first half, designed to avoid diplomatic pitfalls. But that may end up being impossible.

The 11-day, nine-country sojourn – to England, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar – begins with a warm embrace for America's traditional European allies.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Jill Dougherty explains the challenges Sec. Kerry faces on his first trip.

READ MORE: Kerry's first trip: trying to sidestep the pitfalls

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