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Mar 25, 2013

Top U.S. diplomat Kerry makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

KABUL, March 25 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry paid an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Monday for
talks with President Hamid Karzai, a U.S. official said, with
both sides hoping to stabilise the country before most foreign
troops leave by the end of 2014.

Kerry and Karzai will discuss a host of issues including
Afghan reconciliation, the transfer of security responsibility
to Afghan forces and Afghanistan’s elections, the U.S. official
told reporters.

Mar 25, 2013

Secretary of State Kerry makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) – Secretary of State John Kerry paid an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Monday for talks with President Hamid Karzai, a U.S. official said, with both sides hoping to stabilize the country before most U.S.-led NATO combat troops leave by the end of 2014.

Kerry and Karzai will discuss a host of issues including Afghan reconciliation, the transfer of security responsibility to Afghan forces and Afghanistan’s elections, the official told reporters.

Mar 25, 2013

Top U.S. diplomat Kerry asks Iraq to stop arms to Syria

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Sunday to stop Iranian flights over Iraq from carrying arms to Syria during a visit to the Iraqi capital.

Kerry also urged Iraq’s Sunni Muslim, Shi’ite and ethnic Kurdish factions to commit to the political process as the country’s precarious intercommunal balance comes under growing strain from the conflict in neighbouring Syria.

Mar 24, 2013

Kerry urges Iraq to stop arms flow to Syria on Baghdad visit

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Sunday and will urge Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to make sure Iranian flights over Iraq do not carry arms and fighters to Syria, a U.S. official said.

Washington believes such flights and overland transfers take place nearly every day and help Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his efforts to crush a two-year-old revolt against his rule, said the U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Mar 24, 2013

Secretary of State Kerry makes unannounced Iraq visit

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Sunday and will urge Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to make sure Iranian flights over Iraq do not carry arms and fighters to Syria, a U.S. official said.

Washington believes such flights and overland transfers take place nearly every day and help Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his efforts to crush a two-year-old revolt against his rule, said the U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Mar 24, 2013

Kerry has “useful” talks with Palestinian, Israeli leaders

AMMAN (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had “useful” separate talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday, a senior U.S. State Department official said.

The official gave no details on the meetings, which followed President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories this week in which he called for fresh diplomatic efforts, but offered no new peace proposals of his own.

Mar 5, 2013

U.S. more confident arms flowing to Syria moderates: Kerry

DOHA (Reuters) – Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday Washington was increasingly confident that weapons being sent by others to the Syrian opposition were going to moderate forces within it rather than to extremists.

Kerry, on his first overseas tour since his appointment, said at a news conference in Doha that he had had talks in Qatar and during an earlier stop in Saudi Arabia about which kinds of arms were being sent to which Syrian opposition forces.

Mar 5, 2013

Kerry: U.S. more confident arms flowing to Syria moderates

DOHA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday Washington was increasingly confident that weapons being sent by others to the Syrian opposition were going to moderate forces within it rather than to extremists.

Kerry, on his first overseas tour since his appointment, said at a news conference in Doha that he had had talks in Qatar and during an earlier stop in Saudi Arabia about which kinds of arms were being sent to which Syrian opposition forces.

Mar 4, 2013

Kerry sees “finite” time for Iran nuclear talks to bear fruit

RIYADH (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday there was “finite” time for talks between Iran and world powers on its disputed nuclear programme to bear fruit, but gave no hint how long Washington may be willing to negotiate.

Israel, Iran’s arch-enemy and convinced Tehran is secretly trying to develop nuclear weapons, has grown impatient with the protracted talks and has threatened pre-emptive war against Tehran if it deems diplomacy ultimately futile.

Mar 4, 2013

Kerry says finite amount of time for Iran nuclear talks

RIYADH (Reuters) – The United States and top Gulf Arab ally Saudi Arabia said on Monday that talks between Iran and world powers on a diplomatic solution to its disputed nuclear program could not go on indefinitely.

Israel, Iran’s arch-enemy and convinced Tehran is secretly trying to develop nuclear weapons, has grown impatient with the protracted talks and has threatened pre-emptive war against Tehran if it deems diplomacy ultimately futile.

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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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