Tag: John Kerry

Lavrov, Kerry discuss action against Al-Qaeda

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday discussed “the need for decisive joint action” against the Al-Nusra Front, an Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group in Syria, Lavrov’s office said.   The pair talked by phone about the situation in Syria, “particularly the need for decisive joint action against the Al-Nusra […]

Kerry to State Department Staff on Iran Deal: ‘Embellish it a Little Bit For the Grandchildren’

Earlier today Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the staff of the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, Austria, where much of the work on last year’s Iran nuclear deal took place. Kerry often addresses the embassy staff as he travels from country to country, thanking them for their behind the scenes work and engaging in lighthearted […]

Kerry and Lavrov chair Vienna meeting aimed at kickstarting Syria peace effort

Efforts to stabilise a Syrian ceasefire and restart stalled peace talks face an uphill struggle in Vienna as the external powers most deeply involved in the crisis try to narrow their differences.   John Kerry, the US secretary of state, and Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, are co-chairing a meeting of the International Syria […]

John Kerry Holds Saudi Talks Ahead Of Syria, Libya Meetings

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA:  US Secretary of State John Kerry held talks in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to secure its support ahead of a potential showdown with Russia at talks on the Syrian conflict.   After his Saudi meetings, Kerry was due in Vienna which this week will host the international contact groups engaged in efforts […]

Kerry Attacks Trump’s Wall Proposal, Tells Northeastern Univ Grads to Prepare for ‘Borderless World’

On Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry took a shot at likely presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, particularly for his proposed border wall, during his commencement address at Northeastern University in Boston.   Kerry warned the grads not to be susceptible to “soundbite salesmen” and “carnival barkers” and argued walls are not a cure-all […]

Kerry slams Trump’s wall, tells grads to prepare for ‘borderless world’

Secretary of State John Kerry took a shot at Donald Trump during his Friday commencement speech to Northeastern University graduates, by saying no wall is big enough to keep dangerous terrorists out of the United States.   “Many of you were in elementary school when you learned the toughest lesson of all on 9/11,” he […]

Kerry: US quietly helping embattled European Jews

Anti-Semitism is on the rise again, said Secretary of State John Kerry, and the US is reaching out to Jewish communities across Europe suffering from harassment and hate crimes.   Speaking on Tuesday at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston, Kerry addressed the issue of religious freedom […]

Kerry: Shooting down Russia jets ‘would have been justified’

The US military would have been within its rights to shoot down Russian aircraft that flew close to one of its warships in the Baltic Sea, Secretary of State John Kerry says. Two Russian jets flew within metres of the ship on Monday, US officials said. Russia’s defence ministry said the Su-24 fighter jets “turned […]

John Kerry makes historic visit to Hiroshima memorial

The US Secretary of State said his visit to the Japanese city of Hiroshima was a “gut-wrenching” reminder of the need to get rid of nuclear weapons. John Kerry made the comments at a press conference after laying a wreath at the city’s atomic bomb memorial. He is the first US secretary of state ever […]

Kerry: Russia has played constructive role in Mideast

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday defended Russias efforts against those who doubted the country would play a positive roll in ending hostilities in the Middle East.”If they hadnt played a constructive role, we would not have had an agreement with Iran,” he told the Charlie Rose show.”If they hadnt played a constructive […]