Secretary of State John Kerry is likely to visit the Middle East as part of his first official overseas trip, wasting no time in demonstrating an urgency for reviving stalled peace talks and addressing political chaos in Egypt.
The full itinerary of Kerry's initial travel schedule was not clear, but a U.S official said the trip would likely include stops in Israel and Egypt.
The trip is expected in the middle of this month, the official said before Kerry was sworn-in on Friday by Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan.
Separately, a western diplomat said the former senator and 2004 Democratic presidential nominee has already been invited by some European capitals to visit later this month.
He traveled extensively during his nearly 30 years in the Senate, holding key positions and leading delegations and investigations around the world.
He most recently served as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Kerry also traveled on behalf of the Obama administration to mend frayed relationships, most notably to Pakistan amid deteriorating relations from a series of incidents, including the raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in 2011.
Pressing issues facing Kerry as he begins his tenure as the 68th secretary of state include the situation in Afghanistan, the civil war in Syria and Iran's nuclear ambitions.
Unrest in northern Africa, where militant groups affiliated with al Qaeda are on the rise, is also of deepening concern to U.S. national security officials.
But the Mideast is expected to occupy good part of Kerry's time. He has a feel for the Mideast and knows many of the key players.