Tag: John Kerry

Abu Mazen rebuffs Kerry’s appeal to cool Palestinian terror against Israelis

US Secretary of State John Kerry came away empty-handed from his latest meeting with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmud Abbas (Abu Mazen) in Amman on Sunday, February 21,- which shouldn’t have surprised him as it was par for the course.  DEBKAfile’s Middle Eastern sources report that Kerry was finally persuaded that Abbas would not give Israel […]

Kerry Says U.S. and Russia Near Syria Truce Deal as 100 Die in Attacks

Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Sunday an agreement with Russia for an imminent, if “provisional,” partial truce in Syria, saying it largely awaited a conversation between President Obama and President Vladimir V. Putin to work out final details.   Mr. Kerry’s announcement came at the end of a day of meetings in Jordan. […]

Kerry meets Palestinian president amid tensions in West Bank and Jerusalem

Secretary of state John Kerry on Sunday met Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, and urged calm concerning tensions between Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem. Kerry reaffirmed the US commitment to a two-state solution to the conflict.   “The secretary continued to urge for calm and a decrease in violence, incitement and inflammatory […]

Kerry goal for quick Syria cease-fire falls through

In Munich last Thursday, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced an “ambitious” goal of securing a cessation of hostilities in Syria’s civil war “in one week’s time.”   One week later, the belligerents have met only once to begin ironing out what such a cease-fire would look like, how it could be enforced, and […]

‘All or Nothing’: Kerry Demands Syria Ceasefire at Munich Talks

Major powers were beginning a new round of Syria peace talks on Thursday focusing on calls for a ceasefire and access for humanitarian aid.   But with the Syrian opposition saying it cannot accept a truce in the current climate because it does not trust the Russians, diplomats saw little chance of progress at discussions […]

State Dep’t: Kerry not coming to Israel soon or planning new peace bid

The US State Department on Saturday evening flatly dismissed an Israeli television report that claimed US Secretary of State John Kerry will come to Israel in the next few weeks in a new effort to restart a diplomatic process with the Palestinians.   Read More: State Dep’t: Kerry not coming to Israel soon or planning […]

Israeli TV: Kerry set to come to Israel to try to restart peace bid

The TV report predicted that Kerry would seek to revive some kind of “limited political process,” even though the White House announced last year that it did not believe a permanent accord could be attained in the remaining period of the Obama presidency.   The report suggested that, in the absence of significant progress, the […]

John Kerry Urges Coalition to Address Growing ISIS Threat in Libya

Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday at a meeting here of the American-led coalition fighting the Islamic State that the group must step up its efforts to prevent the militants from gaining a “stranglehold” in Libya, where it has become a growing threat.   “We’re still not at the victory that we want […]

John Kerry Urges China to Curb North Korea’s Nuclear Pursuits

Secretary of State John Kerry warned China on Wednesday that North Korea was moving ahead with an effort to manufacture a nuclear weapon small enough to fit atop a long-range missile that could reach American shores, and said the United States “will do what is necessary to protect the people of our country.”   Mr. […]

Kerry tries to ease concerns about warming US-Iran relations

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia  — Secretary of State John Kerry met with Gulf Arab officials on Saturday to ease their concerns about warming U.S.-Iranian ties and to seek consensus on which Syrian opposition groups should be represented at upcoming peace talks.   Kerry and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir presented a united front when they spoke […]