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Mar 3, 2013

Egypt needs to fix economy, strike IMF deal: Kerry

CAIRO (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday it is vital that Egypt revive its economy and that the country’s fractious political parties reach agreement on painful economic reforms to secure an IMF loan.

The country’s foreign currency reserves have dived to little more than a third of levels before the 2011 revolution and the budget deficit is soaring as a sliding Egyptian pound pushes up the cost of state subsidies for imported fuel and food.

Mar 2, 2013

Kerry to stress need for Egypt consensus for IMF deal

CAIRO, March 2 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry will stress the importance of Egypt reaching an IMF loan
agreement and the need for political consensus on painful
economic reforms, a senior U.S. official said on Saturday.

Kerry arrived in Egypt on his first visit to the Arab world
since taking office for talks with the leaders of a country that
is mired in political and economic crisis two years after the
overthrow of autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Mar 2, 2013

Kerry to stress need for Egyptian consensus for IMF deal -U.S. official

CAIRO, March 2 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry plans to stress the importance of Egypt reaching an IMF
agreement and achieving political consensus for painful economic
reforms, a U.S. official said on Saturday.

Speaking shortly before Kerry arrived in Cairo for a two-day
visit, the official said if Egypt could agree on a $4.8 billion
loan from the IMF, this would bring in other funds from the
United States, European Union and Arab countries.

Mar 2, 2013

Turkish PM’s Zionism comments “objectionable”: Kerry

ANKARA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday criticized a comment by Turkey’s prime minister likening Zionism to crimes against humanity in a disagreement that cast a shadow over talks between the NATO allies.

Kerry, on his first trip to a Muslim nation since taking office, met Turkish leaders for talks meant to focus on the civil war in neighboring Syria and bilateral interests from energy security and Iran’s nuclear program to counter-terrorism.

Mar 1, 2013

Cosmopolitan Kerry courts Europe, his old stomping ground

ROME (Reuters) – On his first foreign trip as Secretary of State, John Kerry charmed Europeans with his flair for languages, his wry reminiscences about biking through East Berlin as 12-year-old boy and his obvious affection for France and its cuisine.

What was less clear was how much influence Washington’s top diplomat will have on U.S. foreign policy and whether President Barack Obama will allow him to change anything of substance.

Mar 1, 2013

Kerry to chide Turkish PM over Zionism comments

ANKARA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will upbraid Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Friday for his description of Zionism as a crime against humanity, comments which could overshadow his first trip to a Muslim nation since taking office.

Kerry is meeting Turkish leaders in talks meant to focus on Syria’s civil war and bilateral interests from energy security to counter-terrorism.

Mar 1, 2013

Zionism row risks overshadowing Kerry visit to Turkey

ANKARA (Reuters) – A row over Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s description of Zionism as a crime against humanity risked overshadowing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Turkey on Friday, his first to a Muslim nation since taking office.

Kerry is meeting Turkish leaders in talks meant to focus on Syria’s civil war and bilateral interests from energy security to counter-terrorism.

Feb 28, 2013

U.S. will give Syrian rebels medical, food aid, not arms

ROME (Reuters) – The United States will send non-lethal aid directly to Syrian rebels for the first time, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday, disappointing opponents of President Bashar al-Assad who are demanding Western weapons.

More than 70,000 Syrians have been killed in a devastating conflict that began with peaceful anti-Assad protests nearly two years ago. Some 860,000 have fled abroad and several million are displaced within the country or need humanitarian assistance.

Feb 28, 2013

U.S. plans medical, food aid for Syrian rebels

ROME (Reuters) – The United States may provide medical supplies and food directly to Syrian rebels for the first time, and a European diplomat held out the prospect of possible Western military support.

The diplomat, speaking on the margins of a meeting in Rome between the Syria’s main civilian opposition and its Western and Arab backers, said the two sides would meet in Istanbul to discuss military and humanitarian support to the rebels.

Feb 28, 2013

U.S. plans medical, food aid for Syrian rebel fighters: sources

ROME (Reuters) – The United States plans to provide medical supplies and food to Syrian fighters, a policy shift to directly help those battling President Bashar al-Assad’s forces on the ground, sources familiar with the matter said.

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the United States continues to oppose providing lethal assistance and said it also will not provide such items as bullet-proof vests, armored-personnel vehicles and military training for now.

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      "I cover U.S. foreign policy for Reuters from a base at the State Department. I joined Reuters in 1988 and have worked as a correspondent in New York, Paris, Algiers and Washington, where I have covered the White House (1996-2002) and the State Department (2002-2005, 2006-present)."
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