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  • Senate Foreign Relations Committee Report Identifies Security Challenges in the Persian Gulf Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today released a staff report examining the evolving security framework in the Persian Gulf.  The report, “The Gulf Security Architecture: Partnership with the Gulf...
  • Washington, DC – At a business meeting led by Chairman John Kerry this afternoon, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved S. 2165, the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute, legislation sponsored by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and cosponsored by a bipartisan...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today chaired a hearing entitled “The Law of the Sea Convention:  Perspectives from the U.S. Military” featuring witness testimony from six high ranking military officials – four Admirals and two Generals – all urging ratification of...
  • Kerry Responds to Beating of Cuban Dissident After Testifying to Foreign Relations Committee Washington, DC - Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement today after news reports of the detention and beating of a Cuban dissident who testified last week via teleconference before the Senate...
  • Washington, DC –Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today issued the following statement in response to the ongoing elections in Egypt: "Despite some minor irregularities, reports so far indicate that the voting process has been free, fair, and peaceful. That speaks volumes about the resilience of the Egyptian people...
  • Washington, DC – This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following statement at a hearing that analyzed the global implications of poaching in Africa. “Yes, we have a lot of urgent, everyday problems that consume our politics-- deficits, unemployment, terror-challenges we know too well...
  • Washington, DC –Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today issued the following statement in response to the conviction of Dr. Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani doctor who assisted the United States in locating Osama bin Laden.  Dr. Afridi was found guilty of treason by a Pakistani court and sentenced to serve 33 years...
  • Washington, DC – This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following statement at a hearing that analyzed the U.S. national security and strategic imperatives for ratifying the Law of the Sea Convention (Treaty Doc. 103-39) with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Leon...
  • Washington, DC – This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following statement at a hearing that assessed the current state of NATO and its long-term objectives following the 2012 NATO Summit.  “One thing is pretty clear about NATO – it has already confounded its...
  • Washington, DC – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today issued the following statement: “These events are important because they should send a chilling message to war criminals that they can't operate with impunity.  Charles Taylor is at last being punished and held accountable for his role in the...
  • Washington, D.C. ­– Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today introduced bipartisan legislation to expand and modernize the existing Department of State Rewards Program.  This legislation (S. 2318) would provide the State Department with valuable tools to help bring to justice those accused of committing...
  • Washington, DC – This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following statement at a hearing that assessed the United States’ role and policy options in Syria. “Bashar al-Assad has lost all governing legitimacy except what is at the barrel of a gun or tank - both at home and abroad....
  • Washington, DC – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement after the UN Security Council today unanimously passed a resolution condemning violence by the Syrian Government against its people and authorizing the deployment of monitors to Syria: "If the Assaad government had misled itself...
  • Washington, DC – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) tonight issued the following statement after North Korea attempted to launch a rocket with an attached satellite into space. "Never before has so much been put in jeopardy for so little. This failure to launch should be a moment of reconsideration and introspection...
  • Washington, DC – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today issued the following statement in response to the DPRK announcement that it plans to launch a satellite to celebrate the Great Leader’s 100th birthday:  "This wouldn't be a move in the real interests of the DPRK and it's troubling. It certainly...
  • Washington, DC – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today issued the following statement on the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement’s Entry-Into-Force: “The KORUS FTA’s entry-into-force reflects solid bipartisan support among Americans for balanced trade agreements with strong labor, environmental, and...
  • Chairman Kerry Statement at Hearing on Sudan   Washington, DC – This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following statement at a hearing to examine the oil dispute between Sudan and South Sudan, humanitarian access in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, the potential for progress in Darfur,...
  • Washington, DC – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today issued the following statement after it was announced that seven American NGO workers are returning home from Egypt following the Egyptian government’s decision to lift their travel restrictions: "The release of these Americans helps defuse a crisis...
  • Washington, DC – This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following statement at a hearing to assess the situation in Syria and all the international options available to address the crisis. “I am convinced the Assad regime is doomed.  But the longer the endgame, the messier the...
  • Washington, DC – This afternoon, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following statement at a hearing on national security and the foreign policy priorities in President Obama’s 2013 international affairs budget. “Our international affairs budget is a smart investment that yields outsized...