WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Germany next week to attend a security conference and hold a series of bilateral meetings, State Department said on Wednesday.
Kerry will travel to the German capital Berlin and Munich from Jan. 31 through Feb. 2, spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a press briefing.
In Berlin, Kerry will meet with senior German officials to discuss bilateral cooperation as well as pressing international issues, Psaki said.
While in Munich, Kerry will be joined by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to attend the 50th Munich Security Conference. The two senior officials are expected to underscore the U.S. commitment to trans-Atlantic relationship and promoting peace, democracy and prosperity within the region and beyond, Psaki said.
Kerry will also hold a series of bilateral meetings in Munich, the spokeswoman added.
The visit comes at a time when relations between Germany and the United States have been strained due to surveillance activities by U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) on German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Countries who spy on their allies would risk destroying trust and harming security, Merkel said in her first major policy speech after re-election on Wednesday.
Merkel told parliament that Germany and the United States are still far apart in their views on NSA's mass surveillance, warning spying activities would lead to less rather than more security.