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  • WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement today in response to a Nicaraguan Supreme Court ruling to allow President Daniel Ortega to seek another term: "Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's manipulation of the Nicaraguan Supreme Court this week to circumvent...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - Chairman John Kerry, who traveled to Sudan in April 2009 to meet with government officials, humanitarian workers, and Darfuris living in displaced persons camps, today released a statement on the Obama Administration's announcement of its Sudan policy: "I support the comprehensive Sudan policy announced today by the President and...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today at a joint press availability, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry, House Foreign Relations Chairman Howard L. Berman and Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi announced the release of a joint explanatory statement to accompany Senate Bill 1707, the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009. Chairman Kerry made...
  • The United States wants to transform its relationship with Pakistan into a deeper, broader, long-term strategic engagement with the people of Pakistan. The Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act (S.1707), also known as the Kerry-Lugar bill, was designed to help turn the page in our bilateral relationship by moving beyond a military relationship to...
  • As President Barack Obama urged Muslims to reject violent extremism in Cairo last week, a decisive shift in attitudes was already under way in Pakistan. Over the past month, the Pakistani military has waged an intensive fight against the Taliban and extremist elements in its North-West Frontier Province. This shift could be a major turning point in...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) authored the following op-ed in today's Financial Times titled "Time for Diplomacy to End the Stand-off With Iran." The full text of the op-ed is below: Time for diplomacy to end the stand-off with Iran By John Kerry October 1, 2009 Today the Obama administration...
  • , D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) authored the following op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal titled "Testing Afghanistan Assumptions." The full text of the op-ed is below: Testing Afghanistan Assumptions By John Kerry September 28, 2009 In the coming weeks, President Barack Obama will make the most difficult...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following last week's announcement of President Obama nominating Robert King to be the Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement: "I applaud President Obama's nomination of Robert King to be the Special Envoy for North Korean...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today in response to President Obama, President Sarkozy and Prime Minister Brown statement on Iran's secret nuclear fuel plant: "In light of Iran's continuing deception, the international community must step up its demands that Iran...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) welcomed passage by the United State Senate of a revised version of the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act, which will triple non-military aid Pakistan. The bill, S. 1707, updates and builds uponthe earlier S. 962 passed by the...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) released the following statements following unanimous Senate passage of the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act (S. 962), also known as the Kerry-Lugar Bill. "Pakistan is facing a critical moment, and today the Senate has made a...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement commending the United Nations Security Council's unanimous adoption of a nonproliferation and disarmament resolution: "I commend the President for reasserting American leadership on the vital issue of nuclear nonproliferation and for...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today following President's Obama's trilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Abbas: "President Obama has shown a commendable commitment to making Middle East peace a priority. I hope...
  • Washington, DC—Following three years of negotiations, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement applauding the sixty-third United Nations General Assembly's historic passage of a resolution to create one UN agency for women, which will promote women's equality and rights: "It is high time the...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded the Obama Administration's proposal to eliminate dangerous emissions known as Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) as part of an international treaty to protect the ozone layer. The treaty, known as the Montreal Protocol, currently excludes...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today in response to Secretary of State Clinton's announcement that the Administration will suspend aid to Honduras as the result of the June 28th coup that ousted President Zelaya: "Today, Secretary of State Clinton announced that the...
  • Washington, D.C.—Ahead of tomorrow's presidential and provincial elections in Afghanistan, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement: "The Afghan people are demonstrating tremendous courage in defying threats of violence and pursuing democracy in their elections. The fact that dozens of candidates,...
  • For Immediate Release: Saturday, August 22, 2009 Washington, D.C.—Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement to Muslim communities in America and around the world marking the start of Ramadan today: "With the onset of Ramadan, the holiest month of the Muslim calendar year where observing Muslims fast...
  • Washington, DC—Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), released the following statement today in response to the release of convicted Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Basset Mohamed al-Megrahi: "The bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 was horrific and unforgivable. 270 people, including 189 American citizens, lost their lives in what...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has issued a report titled, "Afghanistan's Narco War: Breaking the Link between Drug Traffickers and Insurgents", examining the new U.S. counter-narcotics strategy in Afghanistan. The Obama Administration has deemphasized opium poppy eradication and is focused for the first time on breaking...