April 22, 2013 |
BRUSSELS -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry is to host a meeting of top Afghan and Pakistani leaders here this week in hopes of breathing new life into flagging Afghan peace efforts. The meeting set for Wednesday is to bring together Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his defense minister, Bismullah Khan Mohammadi, with Pakistani army chief Gen. Ashfaq Kayani and Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani. A State Department official described the encounter as part of a series of three-way meetings that occur regularly at a lower level.
April 21, 2013 |
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Secretary of State John F. Kerry 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 to Istanbul, Kerry told reporters Sunday that 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.
April 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry implored Congress on Thursday not to impose tough new sanctions on Iran, warning that such a move could disrupt diplomacy over Tehran's disputed nuclear program at a delicate moment. Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry said that because Iran is two months away from an election, new U.S. economic penalties could become an inflamed political issue and reduce the chances of a deal to curb the nuclear program. "There's an enormous amount of jockeying going on, with the obvious normal tension between hard-liners and people who want to make an agreement," he told committee Chairman Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)
April 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry told Congress on Wednesday that any chance of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by creating a separate Palestinian state may be lost in two years. The unusually specific prediction was intended to highlight Kerry's urgency in trying to encourage peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. "The window for the two-state solution is shutting," he said. "I think we have some period of time, a year and a half or two years, or it's over.
April 12, 2013 |
BEIJING - U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry arrived in Beijing on Saturday in hopes of turning the Chinese government's obvious frustration with North Korea's nuclear program into decisive action. Kerry's debut trip to East Asia as secretary has been shadowed by ominous threats from North Korea of nuclear attacks against the U.S. mainland and Washington's allies in the region. The Chinese have been unusually vocal in their condemnation of their old communist ally, with many prominent scholars saying it is time to cut the ties forged by Mao Tse-tung back in the Cold War era. Touching down in Seoul on Friday afternoon, Kerry met with South Korea's new president, Park Geun-hye, and Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se.
April 9, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- Wrapping up his first solo visit in a renewed Obama administration campaign to restart peace talks, Secretary of State John Kerry left Israel on Tuesday with few signs of progress and a vow to keep trying. After talks Monday and Tuesday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Kerry expressed optimism, calling the discussions productive and constructive. His brief trip followed last month's three-day visit by President Obama.
March 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry signaled Friday that the Obama administration will take a cautious approach on negotiations that begin next week at the United Nations over a proposed international treaty that aims to more tightly control the $60-billion global trade in conventional arms. U.N. officials and human rights groups have called on the United States to help win support for the treaty, which advocates say could prevent an influx in arms from heightening violence in conflict zones such as Sudan and Syria.
March 5, 2013 |
John Kerry became the latest to criticize Dennis Rodman in the aftermath of the former NBA star's trip to North Korea and visit with the reclusive communist country's leader, Kim Jong Un. But the secretary of State phrased his comments about the controversial basketball player in the nicest way possible, telling NBC News from Doha, Qatar on Tuesday: “Dennis Rodman was a great basketball player. And as a diplomat, he is a great basketball player. And that's where we'll leave it.” See what he did there?
March 1, 2013 |
BEIRUT - A flap about Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's description of Zionism as a "crime against humanity" overshadowed U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry's visit Friday to Turkey, a key NATO ally. Although the topic of Syria was expected to dominate discussions - both the United States and Turkey are major supporters of the Syrian opposition - Erdogan's remark this week has drawn a firestorm of criticism, including condemnation from the White House, the United Nations and Israel.