July 17, 2013 |
AMMAN, Jordan -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry, on his sixth trip to the Middle East in four months, met Wednesday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and asked an Arab League committee in a separate session to support his efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Though U.S. officials played down prospects for a breakthrough on this four-day trip, which began Monday, Kerry appeared to be pressing hard to restart face-to-face talks. His meeting with Abbas here, which lasted five hours, was his second in two days.
September 9, 2013 |
One minute, you're just talking out of your hat. The next, you're a diplomatic genius. Or, as John F. Kerry is probably thinking right now: me and my big mouth. In London on Monday, the secretary of State, asked how Syrian President Bashar Assad could avoid a U.S.-led a military strike, said somewhat facetiously: “ Turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community , in the next week -- turn it over, all of it.” Kerry added: “But he isn't about to do it, and it can't be done, obviously.” But the strangest thing has happened: People, important people, have taken him seriously.
April 21, 2013 |
ISTANBUL -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry has urged Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to delay a planned visit to the Gaza Strip, saying it could jeopardize efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Ending a two-day visit here, Kerry told reporters Sunday he believed that "it would be more helpful [for Erdogan] to wait for the right circumstance. ... We're trying to get off the ground, and we would like to see the parties with as little outside distraction as possible.
December 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama nominated John F. Kerry, the five-term senator from Massachusetts, to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of State on Friday, choosing a longtime political ally who shares much of his foreign policy worldview and is likely to sail through confirmation hearings. Appearing with Kerry at the White House, Obama said the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had “played a central role in every major foreign policy debate for nearly 30 years.
February 6, 2011 |
The head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Sunday applauded the Egyptian vice president's potentially breakthrough meetings with demonstration leaders. Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) said he was heartened by the dialogue and reports that the ruling Cairo government had agreed to a number of the protesters' demands, including the lifting of a decades-old emergency law that had been used to repress opposition forces. It's "frankly quite extraordinary," Kerry said as he described some of the unexpectedly rapid developments over the weekend.
March 29, 2012 |
In the world of presidential candidates, Mitt Romney and John Kerry rank among the richest. Romney could be worth as much as $250 million, and Kerry -- whose 2004 bid against President George W. Bush failed at least in part because he was seen as an out-of-touch rich guy -- could be worth slightly more: $282 million. So it's curious why Romney decided, when he took the stage at a 2004 meeting of the Republican Governors Assn. , to mock Kerry for his wealth. "There's a senator from my state, you may have heard, that wants to get elected president," Romney said, according to a videotape unearthed by Buzzfeed's Andrew Kaczynski.
June 26, 2009 |
It's not a wrap yet on Sen. John Kerry's plans to become a movie producer. The Federal Election Commission failed to reach a decision Thursday on the Massachusetts Democrat's request to use $300,000 from his campaign funds to invest in a documentary on injured Iraq war veterans. The panel will not issue an advisory opinion on it. "The FEC is now done considering this request," said FEC spokeswoman Judith Ingram.
July 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama met his top national security aides Saturday, officials said, as Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Mohamed ElBaradei, the Nobel laureate who may be in line to be named interim prime minister of Egypt, plus the foreign ministers of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other nations in the region, in an effort to end the violence in Egypt. U.S. officials said Kerry was in regular contact with U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson to keep close tabs on the security of the U.S. Embassy, which was closed last week as vast crowds of protesters swarmed through Cairo.
October 4, 2012 |
President George W. Bush became an object of scorn and near-pity eight years ago for some voters watching his first debate with Democratic challenger John F. Kerry. Sitting amid a group of 100 swing voters who assembled to watch the debate at a college auditorium in Pennsylvania, I heard some laugh. Others shook their heads in dismay, as the president smirked or stammered and groped for words - particularly as he tried to defend the troublesome war in Iraq. The crowd had been given portable dial-rating devices to instantly register their feelings about the two presidential contenders.
July 17, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has called for an "urgent" meeting Thursday of his senior advisors, the Palestine Liberation Organization's executive committee and other factions to consider the latest proposal by U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry to restart peace talks with Israel, his office said Wednesday. Though there were some signs that Kerry's effort is making headway, officials on all sides said it remained unclear whether a breakthrough was imminent.