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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.

Mar 3, 2013

US offers Egypt budget aid after Mursi assurance on IMF

CAIRO, March 3 (Reuters) – The United States said on Sunday
it would give Egypt $190 million in budget aid after Egyptian
President Mohamed Mursi promised to take the painful economic
reforms needed to secure an IMF loan.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced the funding
after meeting Mursi and acknowledged Egypt’s “extreme needs” as
the Islamist government struggles with a slide in currency
reserves to worryingly low levels and a soaring budget deficit.

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.

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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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