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  • BEIRUT, LEBANON – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today met with Prime Minister Saad Hariri and President Michel Suleiman in Beirut, Lebanon before heading to Damascus, Syria to meet with President Bashar al-Assad to discuss the challenges facing the Middle East.    Below are Chairman Kerry’s...
  • Washington, D.C. –Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s support of India becoming a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council: “I endorse President Obama's support for India's inclusion as a permanent member of a reformed and...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today released the following statement in response to the elections in Burma: “Today's elections in Burma were the culmination of a deeply flawed process and should not be considered legitimate.  Despite its origins, this...
  • Washington, DC – On November 5, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) arrived in Sudan for his second round of discussions with Sudanese leaders to help persuade the North to accept a peaceful division of the country if the South votes to secede on January 9.   Chairman Kerry issued the following statement upon...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today released a statement in response to Cyclone Giri’s impact on the Rakhine State of Burma, where relief agencies are reporting widespread damage: “I offer my condolences for the loss of life and damage caused by Cyclone Giri in the Rakhine State...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the eve of the Diwali holiday and President Obama’s upcoming trip to India, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement: “India is a vitally important friend and close partner of the United States.  India’s emergence as an Asia-Pacific and global...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. –While traveling in Cambodia, Secretary of State Clinton called on the government of Cambodia to prosecute Khmer Rouge leaders for genocide and other crimes.  Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement:  “The United States supports the Khmer Rouge tribunal...
  • KHARTOUM, SUDAN – During a three-day trip to Sudan, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) had productive, in-depth meetings with senior government leaders in Juba and Khartoum.  Today, a resolution from the government of Sudan pledging to abide by the outcome of the referendum was presented to the Chairman. ...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) is traveling to Sudan as part of the Committee’s ongoing effort to assess security, political, and economic developments in advance of the referendum in January that will determine whether Southern Sudan becomes an independent nation. During his three-day...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today released a statement in response to Typhoon Megi’s landfall in the Philippines: “I am saddened to hear of the loss of life and damage wrought by Typhoon Megi in the Philippines.  As the storm -- one of the most powerful in decades -- moves...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.--This evening, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement about the successful rescue operations that freed 33 miners previously trapped in the San Jose cooper mine in northern Chile for more than two months: "I am overjoyed that all 33 miners have now been...
  • Washington, DC – With just over 100 days until the January referenda in Sudan, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry today introduced the bipartisan Sudan Peace and Stability Act of 2010, which is cosponsored by Senators Brownback, Durbin, Wicker, and Feingold.  The bill defines the objectives of U.S. policy toward Sudan...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.--Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement in response to Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan, the first elections since a new Constitution was adopted in June, making Kyrgyzstan the first parliamentary republic in Central Asia: "This weekend, the people of...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.--Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today praising President Obama’s selection of Tom Donilon as his new national security adviser and thanking General James Jones for his exemplary service in the post: “Tom Donilon has provided critical advice to Presidents...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) wrote an op-ed that appears today on CNN’s website, titled “Diplomacy Urgent as Vote to Split Sudan Nears.” Chairman Kerry has written bipartisan legislation, the Sudan Peace and Stability Act of 2010, which reasserts U.S. leadership and...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. –Last night, the Senate unanimously passed the nomination of Cameron Munter to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan.  Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry released the following statement:    “I am pleased that before departing for recess last night, the Senate unanimously confirmed...
  • Washington, DC – Last night, the Senate approved a treaty that will make it easier for Americans to recover child support payments from a non-custodial parent living abroad.  The Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance is a multilateral treaty that promotes the establishment,...
  • Washington, DC – Last night the Senate provided its advice and consent to ratification of Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties with the United Kingdom and with Australia.  Earlier this week, Congress passed accompanying legislation to implement the treaties in the United States.  Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry...
  • 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...
  • 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...