Ranking Member's Press

May 26, 2011

Chairman Kerry Opening Statement At Nomination Hearing For Ambassador To China

Washington, DC - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) held a nomination hearing for Gary Locke to be Ambassador to the People's Republic of China. The full text of his statement as prepared is below: Today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will consider the nomination of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to serve as our nation's Ambassador to the People's Republic of China. This is an important post. If confirmed by the Senate, Secretary Locke will join… Continue Reading


May 24, 2011

Chairman Kerry Opening Statement At Nomination Hearing For Deputy Secretary Of State

Washington, DC - This afternoon, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) held a nomination hearing for William J. Burns to be Deputy Secretary of State. The full text of his statement as prepared is below: I am pleased to welcome Ambassador William Burns, an outstanding public servant who has been nominated by the President to be Deputy Secretary of State. I understand that Bill's wife Lisa Ann Carty, and his two daughters, Elizabeth and Sarah, are also in attendance. … Continue Reading


May 24, 2011

Kerry Opening Statement At Hearing Titled “Al Qaeda, The Taliban, And Other Extremist Groups In Afghanistan and Pakistan”

Washington, D.C. - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) chaired a hearing to examine the current threat posed by Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan and to analyze the capabilities and intent of other international terrorist groups operating in the region. The full text of Chairman Kerry's statement as prepared is below: We are once again joined by an exceptional panel of experts for the fifth in a series of hearings on Afghanistan and Pa… Continue Reading


May 23, 2011

Kerry Statement On The Resolution Of The Crisis In Honduras

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement after the former and current Presidents of Honduras signed the "Cartagena Accord" clearing the way for resolution of the two-year crisis in Honduras: "The Cartagena Accord is the product of tough negotiations encouraged by the Obama administration and facilitated by President Santos of Colombia and President Chávez of Venezuela. President Funes of El Salvador provided valuable … Continue Reading


May 22, 2011

Kerry Statement on Sudan Developments

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today released the following statement on the situation in Sudan: "Sudan faces a test of leadership not a question of fate. At this very moment, Sudan stands ominously close to the precipice of war. Both sides must put an end to the recent provocations and quickly get back on course before the situation deteriorates any further. As I told President Kiir when I spoke with him on Friday, the unprovoked May 19th attack … Continue Reading


May 16, 2011

Transcript Of Chairman Kerry’s Press Conference In Pakistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This afternoon, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) held a press conference prior to departing Islamabad. The following is a transcript of those remarks: Senator Kerry: Good afternoon. First of all, let me apologize to everybody for being as late as I am. We just came from the Presidential Palace and meeting with President Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani and General Kayani and others and we worked through some language with respect to a Joint Statement th… Continue Reading


May 12, 2011

Kerry Opening Statement At Hearing On “Assessing The Situation In Libya”

Washington, D.C. - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) chaired a hearing to assess the situation in Libya and U.S. efforts to prevent a humanitarian crisis in that country. The full text of Chairman Kerry's statement as prepared is below: This is the Foreign Relations Committee's fourth hearing on Libya since the popular uprising began in February. It's certainly an issue that deserves our attention. Secretary Steinberg, welcome back. The last time yo… Continue Reading


May 10, 2011

Kerry Opening Statement At Hearing On “Steps Needed For A Successful 2014 Transition In Afghanistan”

Washington, D.C. - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) chaired the third in a series of hearings on Afghanistan and Pakistan. The hearing focused on Afghanistan and the path the Obama Administration needs to pursue in order to shift security responsibility to Afghan security forces by 2014. The full text of Chairman Kerry's statement as prepared is below: Good morning and welcome. This is the third of six hearings on Afghanistan and Pakistan we are holdi… Continue Reading


May 05, 2011

Kerry Opening Statement At Hearing Titled “Assessing U.S. Policy And Its Limits In Pakistan”

Washington, D.C. - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) chaired a hearing to examine the United States' engagement with Pakistan, how the killing of Osama bin Laden will impact this relationship, and the implications of our policy with Pakistan on our upcoming troop withdrawal and transition in Afghanistan. The full text of Chairman Kerry's statement as prepared is below: Good morning and thank you all for coming. This is the second in our series of heari… Continue Reading


May 03, 2011

Chairman Kerry On Honduran Court Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), issued the following statement after a Honduran court dismissed the last two remaining charges against former President Manuel Zelaya: "I welcome the Honduran court's decision to drop charges against former Honduran President Mel Zelaya, paving the way for the former president's return to Honduras as a free man. This decision helps bring closure to a sad period of Honduran history, which began nearly two years ag… Continue Reading


May 03, 2011

Kerry Opening Statement At Hearing Titled “Afghanistan: What is an acceptable end-state, and how do we get there?”

Washington, D.C. - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) chaired a hearing to discuss the end-state in Afghanistan, how the death of Osama bin Laden affects the conflict and its implications for our upcoming troop withdrawal, our transition strategy, and our partnerships in the region. The full text of Chairman Kerry's statement as prepared is below: Thank you all for coming. This is a seminal moment as we deliberate about our foreign policy and security i… Continue Reading


May 02, 2011

Kerry Launches Another Comprehensive Series of Hearings to Examine and Assess U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today announced that the Committee will hold another series of hearings to debate the end-state in Afghanistan, assess the strategic relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and examine regional implications. Under Senator Kerry's chairmanship, the Committee has already conducted 14 oversight hearings on the war, including the first Congressional hearings on reconciliation and the mission in Marja. "The k… Continue Reading


May 02, 2011

Chairman Kerry On The Death Of Osama bin Laden

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after President Obama informed the nation that U.S. operatives had killed Osama bin Laden: "The killing of Osama bin Laden closes an important chapter in our war against extremists who kill innocent people around the world. We are a nation of peace and laws, and people everywhere should understand that our ten-year manhunt was in search of justice not revenge. Terro… Continue Reading


May 01, 2011

Op-ed By Chairman Kerry: Getting The Transition Right

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote an op-ed on the transition in Afghanistan that appears in The Boston Globe today. The full text of the op-ed below: The Boston Globe Getting The Transition Right US needs to determine what type of Afghanistan it will leave By John F. Kerry In two months, the Obama administration will announce critical choices about the next phase of its Afghanistan strategy: how to begin d… Continue Reading


April 29, 2011

Chairman Kerry On Economic Sanctions Against Syria

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement after President Obama issued an Executive Order imposing tough economic sanctions against Syrian officials and others responsible for human rights abuses in that country: "We have all grown increasingly alarmed by the violence unleashed against the Syrian people. The world should condemn these actions in the strongest terms possible. Syrians are every bit as deserving of human right… Continue Reading


April 28, 2011

Kerry On President Obama’s National Security Team Nominations

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today in response to President Obama's announcement that Robert Gates will retire and that he will nominate Leon Panetta as the next Secretary of Defense and Gen. David Petraeus as the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency: "While the country will miss the service of Secretary Gates, Leon Panetta and General Petraeus are first-rate public servants whose reputations and reco… Continue Reading


April 14, 2011

Chairman Kerry On The Violence At Camp Ashraf In Iraq

Washington, DC - Last Friday, Iraqi Security Forces forcefully entered Camp Ashraf in Eastern Iraq. Members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK are housed at the camp. Earlier today, United Nations officials confirmed that the incursion by Iraqi Security Forces had resulted in scores of dead and injured MEK members. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement: "United Nations confirmation of the scope of last week's tragedy at Camp Ashraf is deep… Continue Reading


April 14, 2011

Chairman Kerry Urges President Assad Not To Respond To Protests With Violence

Washington, DC - With the possibility of widespread protests tomorrow in Syria, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement: "Major protests are planned tomorrow in Syria and the world will be watching very closely. President Assad should insist that his police and military refrain from using violence against peaceful demonstrators and instead he should seize the opportunity to open a process of real discussion to address the aspirations of the … Continue Reading


April 13, 2011

Chairman Kerry Highlights Three Key Areas To Help Strengthen World Bank’s Energy Sector Strategy

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) sent a letter to World Bank President Robert Zoellick outlining three key areas the World Bank must address in order to overhaul its Energy Sector Strategy. Chairman Kerry commended the World Bank for tackling the challenges posed by energy poverty and climate change, but he said he is seeking a more aggressive approach by increasing clean energy funding, promoting sustainable clean technologies, and including the tru… Continue Reading


April 11, 2011

Chairman Kerry On The Detention Of Laurent Gbagbo

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement in response to today's detention of Laurent Gbagbo: "The detention of Laurent Gbagbo marks a new beginning for the Ivoirian people who have suffered gravely. This is an important step forward, but there will be challenges ahead and I urge President Ouattara to support a peaceful dialogue that will ensure the long term stability and prosperity of Cote d'Ivoire. All citizens of Cote… Continue Reading

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