BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is holding counter-terrorism talks in Brussels on Friday as top members of Belgium’s embattled government face ongoing criticism for a series of security and intelligence failings ahead of this week’s bomb attacks in the city that killed 31 people and wounded 270.
Kerry’s arrival Friday morning comes hours after least six people were detained in raids linked to Tuesday’s attacks on the Brussels airport and subway system. Belgian prosecutors are expected Friday to decide whether to charge or release them.
As well as meeting with officials from Belgium and the European Union, which has its headquarters in Brussels, Kerry is due to pay his respects to the victims of this week’s attacks, which he says underscore the urgent need for a unified front against the so-called Islamic State group.
Kerry, who landed at the still-closed Brussels airport, is set to meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders as well as Belgium’s King Philippe.