Tag: John Kerry

John Kerry Denies U.S. Linked to Killing of Russian Ambassador to Turkey

American officials are pushing back against suggestions the U.S. is connected to a political movement the Turkish president blames for the assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday claimed loyalists of Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric who lives in Pennsylvania, are responsible for Monday’s slaying of Ambassador Andrey Karlov at […]

In Harsh Terms, Kerry Says Israel Is Undermining Peace Efforts

Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday accused right-wing Israelis of deliberately thwarting efforts to broker a peace deal with the Palestinians. In unusually stark terms, Mr. Kerry warned that the building of Israeli settlements was undermining any hope of an agreement to allow two states to live side by side. At the Saban Forum, […]

Kerry: ‘Israel heading to a place of danger’ over settlements

After four years as secretary of state that featured 375 public conversations with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and 40 in-person visits, John Kerry appeared frustrated Sunday that more than 130 hours of conversation have failed to slow Israel’s settlement construction in the West Bank. Israel is “heading to a place of danger,” Kerry told the […]

John Kerry says Yemen’s Houthis and Saudi coalition agree to ceasefire

US secretary of state John Kerry has said that Yemen’s Houthi rebel group and the Saudi-led coalition fighting it had agreed to a ceasefire from Thursday, as Washington presses for an end to the war before Barack Obama leaves office. The internationally recognised Yemeni government quickly rejected the move, complaining of being bypassed. But it […]

Aleppo could be ‘bombed into smithereens’, warns John Kerry

Aleppo, Syria’s second city, is at risk of being “bombed into smithereens” by Russia unless a fresh ceasefire can be agreed with Vladimir Putin, the US secretary of state, John Kerry, has said. But Kerry said he still believed a ceasefire could be agreed, and revealed proposals were still going back and forth between Moscow and […]

Kerry Opens a New Diplomatic Push for a Cease-Fire in Aleppo

Secretary of State John Kerry will mount a fresh effort on Saturday to pursue a cease-fire for the besieged city of Aleppo by meeting with representatives from the regional powers most directly involved in the Syria conflict, American officials said on Wednesday.   Just last week the Obama administration suspended talks with Russia on Syria […]

Report: Netanyahu asks Kerry not to promote anti-Israel resolutions

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel would expect that the Obama administration will not carry out a shift in policy and will not promote or support a United Nations Security Council resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian issue during the period following the U.S. presidential election until Obama leaves office, […]

State Department suspends ‘bilateral channels with Russia’ over Syria

The US has formally suspended its negotiations with Russia over the cease-fire in Syria amid the continued Russian aerial bombardment of Syria’s largest city, Aleppo, State Department spokesman John Kirby confirmed in a statement released Monday.   “This was not a decision that was taken lightly,” the statement said.   “The US spared no effort in […]

Kerry: We’re ‘on the brink’ of ending talks with Russia

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned on Thursday that Washington was “on the brink” of ending its talks with Russia on the Syrian conflict over the assault on Aleppo, AFP reported.   “I think we are on the verge of suspending the discussion because, you know, it’s irrational in the context of the kind […]

US Secretary of State John Kerry expresses concern over humanitarian situation in Venezuela

US Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed concerns over the current political and economic turmoil in Venezuela as he met the Opec nation’s President Nicolas Maduro on Monday (26 September).     It was the first official meeting between the two since Kerry took charge. They met in Cartagena in Colombia, on the sidelines […]