Tag: John Kerry

Kerry tells UN that Russia must ground Syria air force

US Secretary of State John Kerry demanded on Wednesday that Russia force Bashar al-Assad’s regime to ground its air force in order to revive hopes of a ceasefire in Syria’s civil war.   Addressing the UN Security Council, including his Russian opposite number Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Kerry said efforts to find peace could yet […]

Abbas and Kerry discuss ‘two-state solution’

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday met Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas in New York on Monday, where the two discussed the “two-state solution”.   “The Secretary and President Abbas discussed regional challenges and constructive ideas for the way forward to support our shared goal of a two-state solution,” said State Department […]

Kerry ‘concerned’ by ‘surge in settlement activity, violence’

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday met Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas in New York on Monday, where the two discussed the “two-state solution”.   “The Secretary and President Abbas discussed regional challenges and constructive ideas for the way forward to support our shared goal of a two-state solution,” said State Department […]

Kerry tells Abbas US is committed to two-state solution

The United States remains committed to the two-state solution, US Secretary of State John Kerry told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas when the two men met in New York on Monday.   “The Secretary and President Abbas discussed regional challenges and constructive ideas for the way forward to support our shared goal of a two […]

Details of Syria Pact Widen Rift Between John Kerry and Pentagon

The agreement that Secretary of State John Kerry announced with Russia to reduce the killing in Syria has widened an increasingly public divide between Mr. Kerry and Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, who has deep reservations about the plan for American and Russian forces to jointly target terrorist groups.   Mr. Carter was among the […]

Carr: Putting your head in the sand no magic cure to stop terror

“… If you decide one day you’re going to be a terrorist and you’re willing to kill yourself, you can go out and kill some people. You can make some noise. Perhaps the media would do us all a service if they didn’t cover it quite as much. People wouldn’t know what is going on.” […]

Obama and Kerry deny U.S. paid ransom to Iran

Both U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday vehemently denied that the United States paid Iran ransom in return for the release of American hostages.   The Wall Street Journal reported this week that the Obama administration secretly funneled $400 million in cash to the Iranians in January, around the […]

As Syria transition date passes, US makes no policy change

The United States outlined no change in its Syria policy as a target date for a political transition passed Monday, despite warning a few months ago that no progress would lead to a more muscular approach for ending the 5½-year-old civil war.   At a news conference in Washington, Secretary of State John Kerry said […]

Kerry to meet with Abbas on two-state solution

US Secretary of State John Kerry plans to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Paris on Saturday to discuss progress towards a two-state solution, the State Department said.”The secretary is not looking at trying to make progress based on a fixed date on the calendar,” spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Thursday.Instead, Kerry will speak […]

Kerry: Air conditioners as big a threat as ISIS

Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna on Friday that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State.   The Washington Examiner reported that Kerry was in Vienna to amend the 1987 Montreal Protocol that would phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, from […]