September 8, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - When Israelis and Palestinians renewed peace negotiations this summer, they agreed on only one thing: No talking about the talks. Now Israel has complained to the United States of alleged Palestinian leaks it claims violate the agreement and aim to pressure Israel, Israeli media reported Sunday . "The only announcement you will hear about meetings is the one I just made," U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said on July 30th , upon resuming talks in Washington.
August 5, 2013 |
CAIRO -- International efforts to resolve Egypt's political crisis have intensified, including a prison meeting early Monday between U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns and a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood who faces murder charges stemming from weeks of clashes. U.S. attempts to calm Egypt's unrest following a military coup last month that overthrew the Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, were bolstered by the arrival in Cairo on Monday of Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
July 30, 2013 |
Caroline Kennedy, President Obama's nominee to be ambassador to Japan, brings a unique celebrity status - though not much in the way of expertise or relevant experience - to the ranks of U.S. diplomats. But in another sense, Kennedy is typical of many of Obama's ambassadorial appointments: She provided him with important support when he was seeking election to the White House. In Kennedy's case, that support took the form of a timely endorsement during the 2008 campaign from the daughter of a beloved Democratic president.
July 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Since the beginning of his second term, President Obama has appointed campaign fundraisers, party allies and other political figures as ambassadors at a level that is now almost double what has prevailed in the last few administrations. More than 56% of Obama's 41 second-term ambassadorial nominations have been political, compared with an average of about 30% for recent administrations, according to U.S. government figures compiled by the American Foreign Service Assn.
July 19, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - In a surprise announcement, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Friday night that he would host Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Washington as early as next week in a possible renewal of long-stalled peace talks. But Kerry's declaration seemed to catch both Israelis and Palestinians off guard. Neither side has yet publicly embraced Kerry's proposal for restarting talks and both have expressed reservations. Skeptics said that Kerry's pressure might bring the parties together in the same room but that chances for success would be slim if either side was a reluctant participant.
July 15, 2013 |
CAIRO -- A top U.S. diplomat met with Egypt's interim leader Monday in the first high-level talks between the nations since a military coup ousted the Islamist former president. The meeting between Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns and the interim president, Judge Adly Mansour, came amid widespread anger at U.S. policy toward Egypt and ongoing protests demanding the former leader's reinstatement. Opening a two-day visit to Cairo, Burns also met with the head of Egypt's armed forces, Gen. Abdel Fattah Sisi.
July 15, 2013 |
CAIRO - With the Obama administration facing recriminations across Egypt for its response to the July 3 military coup, a top U.S. diplomat began a two-day visit to Cairo on Monday to press for a halt to violence and a swift transition to a new democratic government. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns, the first senior U.S. official to visit since the coup, met with Egypt's military-backed interim leaders as demonstrators held another large rally on the other side of the city demanding the reinstatement of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.
July 15, 2013 |
CAIRO -- A top U.S. diplomat Monday pressed Egypt's interim leaders for a halt to violence and an inclusive transition to a new democratic government after the nation's Islamist president was ousted in a military coup. The visit by Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns came amid widespread anger at U.S. policy toward Egypt and continuing protests demanding the former leader's reinstatement. In remarks to Egyptian reporters, Burns repeated U.S. calls on the military to end “politically motivated arrests,” a reference to the warrants issued for hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members, including ex-President Mohamed Morsi.
June 21, 2013 |
In one of the more bizarre diplomatic events of late, turbaned envoys of the Taliban cut a pink satin ribbon across the entrance of a two-story villa in Doha, Qatar, a fixed address where U.S. negotiators can find the fugitive extremists when they want to talk about peace for Afghanistan. The ritual took place under the Taliban flag and a plaque proclaiming the office a mission of “The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.” Those were the symbols of statehood displayed by the Taliban during the five years they held tyrannical rule over Afghanistan and harbored Al Qaeda while it plotted the Sept.
June 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration announced Monday that it had chosen a longtime Washington attorney who has worked in both Democratic and Republican administrations to find a way to close down the prison at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The action comes three days after the Republican-led House overwhelmingly passed a defense measure to keep the prison running. The State Department made the announcement of Clifford Sloan as the new envoy charged with closing the prison that has held some of the top terrorism captives since the island fortress was built months after the Sept.