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  • Washington, DC – This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) went to the floor of the United States Senate to announce the introduction of a bipartisan joint resolution authorizing the limited use of United States Armed Forces in Libya. The full text of Chairman Kerry’s speech, as prepared, is...
  • Washington, DC – This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) held a nomination hearing for Ambassadors to Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, and Kazakhstan. The full text of his statement as prepared is below: We are here this morning to consider ambassadorial nominations to five important countries:...
  • Washington, DC – One month from today, Southern Sudan is expected to become an independent country.  What should be a moment for celebration is in danger of disintegrating into conflict and instability that can rob North and South Sudan alike of a brighter future that is within their grasp.  Senate Foreign Relations Committee...
  • Washington, DC – This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) held a nomination hearing for Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker to be Ambassador to Afghanistan. The full text of his statement as prepared is below: This morning we are here to consider President Obama’s nominee for ambassador to Afghanistan, and we...
  • Washington, DC – As part of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s ongoing efforts to examine progress in Afghanistan, Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today released a report that evaluates how the United States is spending civilian assistance in Afghanistan. The United States currently spends more on aid to Afghanistan than any other...
  • Washington, DC – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement after learning of the passing of former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger: “Lawrence Eagleburger was one of America’s finest diplomats, the first career Foreign Service Officer to rise through the ranks to become...
  • Washington, DC – On June 5, 1981, AIDS was first reported by clinicians at the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In recognition of the 30-year struggle to combat the disease, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement: “For three decades, the world has battled...
  • Washington, DC – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement on the death of Syed Saleem Shahzad, the Asia Times Online's Pakistan Bureau Chief: “I was deeply shocked and saddened to hear about the recent abduction and murder of reporter Syed Saleem Shahzad.  His reporting on...
  • Washington, DC – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement today after the announcement by President Tadic of Serbia that Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb General accused of overseeing the massacre at Srebrenica and other atrocities, had been captured and would be turned over to the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...