Chairman's Press

September 24, 2010

Senators Kerry And Webb Support Strong U.S. Engagement With Southeast Asia

Washington, D.C.--Corresponding with the second ASEAN-United States summit in New York City, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and East Asia and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee Chairman Jim Webb (D-VA), issued the following statements announcing the Senate's unanimous passage of a resolution supporting recent and ongoing U.S. efforts to engage with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its member-states. "Recent tensions in East Asia drive home the sig… Continue Reading


September 23, 2010

Chairman Kerry Congratulates The President On Elevating Global Development And Foreign Aid Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement endorsing the goals for global development and foreign aid reform described in President Obama's speeches yesterday and today at the United Nations: "I am pleased to join with the President in support of a new development vision to address the leading moral, strategic and economic challenges of the 21st century. The President has outlined a comprehensive development policy based on m… Continue Reading


September 22, 2010

Foreign Relations Committee Passes Legislation To Promote And Strengthen The Private Sector In Pakistan

Washington, D.C.---The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed bipartisan legislation yesterday approving the Pakistani-American Enterprise Fund, S.3665, which will focus on strengthening the private sector in Pakistan using existing funds from the Kerry-Lugar-Berman aid package passed by Congress last year. This legislation will empower Pakistan's private sector by creating jobs and opportunities, which will contribute to increasing economic growth and stability. The Fund is modeled after su… Continue Reading


September 21, 2010

Chairman Kerry: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Votes to Approve Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties with the United Kingdom and Australia

Washington, DC - Today the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved by voice vote resolutions of ratification for Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties between the United States and the United Kingdom and between the United States and Australia, sending the treaties to the full Senate for advice and consent to ratification. The Committee also approved legislation Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Richard Lugar (R-IN) crafted that will implement the treaties in the United States. Fo… Continue Reading


September 16, 2010

Chairman Kerry: New START Wins Bipartisan Backing in Key Committee Vote

Washington, DC - Today the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution of advice and consent to ratification of New START with 3 Republicans joining 11 Democrats, continuing a tradition of bipartisan support for strategic arms agreements that spans four administrations. After the vote, Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement: "This is an historic vote that renews the bipartisan tradition that's vital in tackling the grave threat posed by nuclear weapons. This … Continue Reading


September 16, 2010

Chairman Kerry Opening Statement At Business Meeting To Consider the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Resolution Of Advice And Consent To Ratification Of New START

Washington, D.C. - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) held a business meeting to consider the Committee's resolution of advice and consent to ratification of New START. The full text of his opening statement as prepared is below: Thank you all for coming. This meeting marks the end of the committee's long and I believe healthy process of reviewing the New START Treaty. We're of course here today to consider a resolution of advice and consent to ratific… Continue Reading


September 15, 2010

Chairman Kerry Opening Statement At Hearing On “Banking on Reform: Capital Increase Proposals from the Multilateral Development Banks”

Washington, D.C. - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) held a hearing on increased funding for the Multilateral Development Banks. The full text of his statement as prepared is below: Thank you all for coming today. We are here to discuss proposed increases in the capital we provide to Multilateral Development Banks. We're fortunate to be joined by three policymakers who can speak directly to the new burdens these banks have taken on and the challenge… Continue Reading


September 13, 2010

Chairman Kerry On Sudanese Referendum

Washington, DC-Ahead of next week's high-level meeting on Sudan at the United Nations, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement about the January 9, 2011 referendum on the independence of southern Sudan: "In less than four months, Southern Sudan is scheduled to vote in a referendum on independence under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) of 2005. It is urgent that North and South reach crucial agreements on how they will manage this refe… Continue Reading


September 01, 2010

Chairman Kerry On Middle East Peace Talks

Washington, DC-Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement today ahead of tomorrow's direct negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians: "This is a moment of both promise and peril for the Middle East. I applaud the resumption of direct peace talks between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas. President Obama is right to dedicate himself and his government to the cause of peace in the Middle East, one of the world's most intractabl… Continue Reading


August 31, 2010

Chairman Kerry On The End Of The U.S. Combat Mission In Iraq

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Following President Obama's Oval Office address on the end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement: "The war over the war is over, and regardless of what anyone felt about the invasion and the conduct of the war over the past seven and a half years, the question is what comes next and what happens now. While America's war may be ending, the struggle for Iraq's future is not. That outcome wi… Continue Reading


August 26, 2010

Chairman Kerry Calls For The Immediate Return Of Two American Children Abducted To Egypt

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement today about the illegal abduction of two American children, Noor and Ramsay Bower: "This is a tragic situation and my heart goes out to Colin Bower who has not been able to see his children for over a year. The case is clear: two young boys were taken illegally to Egypt by their mother in blatant contravention of a U.S. court ruling that granted the father sole custody. This is any pa… Continue Reading


August 20, 2010

Following Meeting With Chairman Kerry, President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan Pledges To Allow Anti-Corruption Units to Operate Independently

Washington, DC - Following a meeting on Friday in Kabul with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John F. Kerry (D-MA), President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan pledged to allow two Afghan anti-corruption units to operate independently and free of political influence. The two organizations, the Major Crimes Task Force and the Sensitive Investigative Unit, were involved earlier this month in the arrest of a Karzai administration official in connection with a corruption investigation. Both gr… Continue Reading


August 20, 2010

Chairman Kerry On The Resumption Of Direct Middle East Peace Negotiations

Washington, DC -Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement after today's announcement that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas intend to resume direct talks in September: "I applaud today's announcement by Secretary Clinton and Senator Mitchell that direct peace negotiations between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas will begin in Washington on September 2. A viable two-state solution is … Continue Reading


August 10, 2010

Chairman Kerry On The Arrest Of Abu Bakar Bashir

Washington, DC -Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement in response to the arrest of Abu Bakar Bashir, alleged lead role in a terrorist group affiliated with Al Qaeda: "I applaud the work of the Indonesian police, prosecutors, and intelligence agencies for arresting Abu Bakar Bashir. Bashir is believed to lead the notorious terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah, an affiliate of Al Qaeda which is responsible for such atrocities as the killing of … Continue Reading


August 05, 2010

Chairman Kerry On The Constitutional Referendum In Kenya

Washington, DC -Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement in response to yesterday's constitutional referendum in Kenya: "Yesterday's referendum on the new constitution in Kenya was an important step forward for the nation's democratic process. Provisional results and statements by Kenyan leaders indicate the referendum will probably pass. While we are still waiting for official results, I support the thousands of Kenyan citizens who participa… Continue Reading


August 03, 2010

Chairman Kerry Introduces Legislation To Create A Professional Exchange Program With Muslim-Majority Countries

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) introduced the International Professional Exchange Act of 2010, which will establish a two-way professional exchange program between the United States and select Muslim-majority countries to promote career development and cross-cultural understanding for young to mid-career professionals. During his speech in Cairo last year, President Obama called for a new beginning between the United States and the world's Muslim… Continue Reading


August 03, 2010

Chairman Kerry: Vote On New START Treaty To Be Held Following The August Recess

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the follow statement after announcing that a vote on the New START Treaty would be rescheduled: "Today I informed members of the Foreign Relations Committee that a vote on the New START Treaty will be rescheduled for after the August recess. This was in response to requests from some colleagues for more time to review materials concerning the treaty's ratification, including reports from the Armed Services a… Continue Reading


August 03, 2010

Chairman Kerry On The Historic Flooding in Pakistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to the worst floods in Pakistan's history, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today issued the following statement: "I offer my deepest sympathy to the victims of the deadly floods which have afflicted northwest Pakistan this week. Over 1,400 people have died and an estimated three million people have been affected so far according to U.N. estimates, most of them in areas that have suffered years of Taliban violence and decades of econom… Continue Reading


July 30, 2010

Kerry, Lugar Call For Pakistani-American Enterprise Fund

Washington, D.C.- Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) introduced legislation yesterday, S. 3665, that will lead to the establishment of the "Pakistani-American Enterprise Fund," to focus on strengthening the private sector in Pakistan using existing funds from the Kerry-Lugar-Berman aid package passed by Congress last year. The legislation will help empower Pakistan's private sector to create jobs, which will contribute toward increasing econo… Continue Reading


July 29, 2010

Kerry, Lugar call for Pakistani-American Enterprise Fund

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Dick Lugar (R-IN) and John Kerry (D-MA) introduced legislation today, S. 3665, that would lead to the establishment of the "Pakistan-American Enterprise Fund," to focus on strengthening the private sector in Pakistan using existing funds from the Kerry-Lugar-Berman aid package passed by Congress last year. The legislation will help to empower Pakistan's private sector to create jobs, which will contribute toward increasing economic growth and stability. The Fund i… Continue Reading

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