Chairman's Press

February 22, 2011

Chairman Kerry Urges Four Concrete Steps On Libya

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today in response to the attacks on civilians ordered by President Qadhafi: "The Qadhafi government's use of deadly force against its own people should mean the end of the regime itself. It's beyond despicable, and I hope we are witnessing its last hours in power. Libyans should have the opportunity to choose leaders who respect their basic rights. "The question now is what can be … Continue Reading


February 17, 2011

Chairman Kerry Condemns Violence In Bahrain

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) condemned the violence in Bahrain today, stating: "Using tear gas, batons, and rubber bullets on peaceful protestors is the worst kind of response to a nonviolent demonstration. I urge the government of Bahrain to put an end to the violence and allow the Bahrainis to voice their call for greater political freedom. Historic protests are taking place across the Arab world and it is vital for every government to respond… Continue Reading


February 15, 2011

Chairman Kerry Urges United States And Pakistan To Work Together And Find Common Ground

Lahore, Pakistan -- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) reaffirmed support for the strategic relationship between Pakistan and the United States today in remarks at a press conference in Lahore, Pakistan. Chairman Kerry arrived in Pakistan Tuesday night for meetings with senior government officials at a time when the relationship is strained by the detention of a U.S. government official in connection with the killing of two Pakistani men in apparent self-defense during… Continue Reading


February 11, 2011

Chairman Kerry On The Resignation Of President Mubarak

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued a statement today following the announcement that President Hosni Mubarak resigned: "This is an extraordinary moment for Egypt. Courageous and peaceful demands for freedom and opportunity have now won the Egyptian people a chance at a new beginning. Now the hard work intensifies to prepare for free and fair elections that will allow the people to choose a broadly representative and responsive government. Eg… Continue Reading


February 07, 2011

Chairman Kerry Welcomes Referendum Results And Recognition In Sudan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), who made three trips to Sudan in recent months, said North and South Sudan passed two major milestones today with the certification of referendum results on independence for the South and the North's recognition of the outcome. He also said the time has come to initiate a review of Sudan's status as a state sponsor of terrorism as a result of Khartoum's recognition of the referendum. Chairman Kerry issued the follo… Continue Reading


February 03, 2011

Kerry, McCain Resolution Urges Democratic Reform In Egypt

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Responding to the rising violence in Egypt, Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced a bipartisan resolution, S. Res. 44, calling on President Hosni Mubarak to immediately begin an orderly and peaceful transition to a democratic political system and to enact the necessary reforms to hold free, fair, and internationally credible elections this y… Continue Reading


February 02, 2011

Chairman Kerry On The New START Treaty

Washington, DC -- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement today after attending a ceremony at the White House at which President Obama signed the instrument of ratification for the New START Treaty. "The new treaty represents an important milestone in arms control agreements between the United States and Russia," said Chairman Kerry. "Anytime we reduce the number of nuclear weapons deployed by these two countries, we make the world a safer pl… Continue Reading


February 01, 2011

Chairman Kerry On President Mubarak’s Announcement To Not Seek Reelection

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement after President Mubarak announced that he will not run for reelection: "This was an important announcement by President Mubarak to bring his presidency to an end and pledge that free and fair elections will be held. I believe that President Mubarak should now work with the military and civil society to establish an interim caretaker government. "It remains to be seen whether this… Continue Reading


February 01, 2011

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Report Raises Concerns About Iraq Transition

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today released a staff report raising questions about the ability of the United States to protect its thousands of diplomats and contractors in Iraq once U.S. troops complete their withdrawal at the end of 2011. The report, "Iraq: The Transition From A Military Mission To A Civilian-Led Effort," lays out several steps that need to be considered in order to maintain security for the diplomatic mission in the coming ye… Continue Reading


February 01, 2011

Op-ed By Chairman Kerry: Allying Ourselves With The Next Egypt

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote an op-ed on the situation in Egypt that appears in The New York Times today. The full text of the op-ed below: Allying Ourselves With the Next Egypt By John Kerry EVEN if the protests shaking Egypt subside in the coming days, the chaos of the last week has forever changed the relationship between the Egyptian people and their government. The anger and aspirations propelling a divers… Continue Reading


February 01, 2011

Chairman Kerry Opening Statement At Hearing On “Iraq: The Challenging Transition To A Civilian Mission”

Washington, D.C. - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) chaired a hearing on the challenges the United States faces as we transition from a military mission to a civilian-led effort in Iraq. For the first time at a congressional hearing, Ambassador James Jeffery and Commanding General Lloyd Austin testified together. The full text of Chairman Kerry's statement as prepared is below: Thank you all for coming. Before we get started this morning, … Continue Reading


January 28, 2011

Chairman Kerry On The Situation In Egypt

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement on the situation in Egypt: "The events unfolding across Egypt are cause for grave concern. Egypt is an important American ally which took brave and bold steps to make peace with Israel, and we will never forget that President Sadat paid for that act of courage with his life. It was in that time of turmoil and challenge that Hosni Mubarak became President. "Now, President Mubarak fa… Continue Reading


January 20, 2011

Chairman Kerry: Bridge Trust Deficit With China

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released a statement following today's congressional meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao: "It was my pleasure to help welcome President Hu to the Senate today. At times, last year was a challenging one in U.S.-China relations. Despite the shared gains achieved working together on global problems, many in Congress today believe the United States and China are on a collision course. It's critical that… Continue Reading


January 18, 2011

Chairman Kerry On Changes To Cuba Travel Regulations

Washington, D.C. -- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement after the White House announced this afternoon that it is amending Treasury Department regulations to allow for increased travel to Cuba by Americans from religious, educational, cultural and other groups: "I warmly applaud the President's decision to allow more Americans to travel to Cuba. These measures, expanding people-to-people relations between the United States and Cuba and a… Continue Reading


January 18, 2011

Chairman Kerry On The Political Situation In Tunisia

Washington, D.C. -- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the statement below following reports that Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali has left the country after weeks of political unrest and violence: "Tunisia has long been an important ally to the United States. It is my hope that the political transition unfolding in Tunisia will be peaceful and in accordance with its people's legitimate democratic aspirations. While the unrest was sparked by the trag… Continue Reading


January 18, 2011

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approves Legislation To Create A Professional Exchange Program With Muslim-Majority Countries

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today passed legislation written by Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) to establish a professional exchange program between the United States and Muslim-majority countries. The International Professional Exchange Act will help build professional capacity, strengthen civil society, and improve ties between the United States and Muslim-majority countries at a pivotal moment. "Educational exchange programs like the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program tr… Continue Reading


January 12, 2011

Op-ed By Chairman Kerry: What Haitians Can Do For Themselves

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote an op-ed on the one year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti that appears in The Miami Herald today. The full text of the op-ed below: What Haitians can do for themselves By John Kerry On Jan. 11, 2010, things were looking up for Haiti. U.N. peacekeepers had cracked down on Haiti's notorious gangs and reduced urban violence. Dangerous slums, like Cite Soleil, were safer than they h… Continue Reading


January 11, 2011

Chairman Kerry On U.S.-Russia Civilian Nuclear Energy Cooperation

Washington, D.C. -- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today issued this statement following the announcement that the U.S.-Russia Agreement for Cooperation in the Field of Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy entered into force: "This agreement will enable world-class scientists and engineers in both of our countries to work more closely together to tackle the common energy and environmental challenges we face. Economic cooperation between Russia and the United States is … Continue Reading


January 09, 2011

Chairman Kerry On The Historic Referendum In Southern Sudan

Juba, Southern Sudan - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) has been in Sudan this week in advance of today's start of the referendum in which Southern Sudan is expected to vote to secede from the North. This is Chairman Kerry's fourth trip to Sudan. Following a press conference with human rights activists George Clooney and John Prendergast, Chairman Kerry released the following statement: "Today marked an historic occasion for the people of Southern Sudan. I am ext… Continue Reading


January 09, 2011

Chairman Kerry Delivers Speech On The Referendum At Church Service In Southern Sudan

Juba, Southern Sudan - At a church service this morning with President Salva Kiir of Southern Sudan, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following remarks as voters in Southern Sudan began casting ballots in a referendum to determine whether to secede from the North. Chairman Kerry has been in Sudan this week in advance of today's start of the referendum. This is Chairman Kerry's fourth trip to Sudan. Below the full text of Chairman Kerry's speech as prep… Continue Reading

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