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  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement condemning the assassination of the governor of the Pakistani state of Punjab, Salman Taseer, who was gunned down today in Islamabad: “Governor Taseer was a proud champion of democracy and respect for the rights of women and...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement on yesterday's sentencing of Mikhail Khodorkovsky to an additional six years in prison: "The whole Khodorkovsky episode raises concerns about the strength of the rule of law in Russia and will do little to calm concerns about the...
  • Washington, D.C. –Today the U.S. Senate approved a resolution of advice and consent to ratification of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) by a vote of 71-26 continuing a tradition of bipartisan support for strategic arms agreements that spans four administrations. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA)...