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Jan 2, 2014

Netanyahu downbeat as Kerry returns for peace talks

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered a gloomy assessment of peace prospects with the Palestinians on Thursday as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began his 10th visit to the region in pursuit of a deal.

“There is growing doubt in Israel that the Palestinians are committed to peace,” said Netanyahu, speaking with Kerry at his side and accusing Palestinian officials of orchestrating a campaign of “unabated incitement” against Israel.

Jan 1, 2014

The invisible man: Bill Burns and the secret Iran talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The night before a round of high-stakes nuclear talks with Iran, U.S. President Barack Obama told his chief of staff he had “absolute confidence we have the right team on the field.”

Obama was not referring to his public negotiating team, led by senior State Department official Wendy Sherman, nor even to his secretary of state, John Kerry, who was soon to sweep in from Tel Aviv to join the early November discussions in Geneva.

Dec 19, 2013

Kerry expresses regret to India over Devyani Khobragade diplomat case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called a top Indian official to express regret about the case of an Indian diplomat strip-searched after her arrest in New York last week on charges including visa fraud, the State Department said on Wednesday.

Kerry’s call to Indian National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon, disclosed by the U.S. State Department, aimed to defuse a diplomatic crisis sparked by the December 12 arrest of Devyani Khobragade on charges of visa fraud and underpaying her nanny, an Indian national.

Dec 19, 2013

U.S.’s Kerry expresses regret to India over diplomat case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called a top Indian official to express regret about the case of an Indian diplomat strip-searched after her arrest in New York last week on charges including visa fraud, the State Department said on Wednesday.

Kerry’s call to Indian National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon, disclosed by the U.S. State Department, aimed to defuse a diplomatic crisis sparked by the December 12 arrest of Devyani Khobragade on charges of visa fraud and underpaying her nanny, an Indian national.

Dec 18, 2013

Kerry voices ‘regret’ to India over diplomat Devyani Khobragade case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called a top Indian official and voiced regret about the case of an Indian diplomat strip-searched after her arrest last week in New York on charges including visa fraud, the State Department said on Wednesday.

Kerry’s call to Indian National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon, disclosed by the U.S. State Department, aimed to defuse a diplomatic crisis sparked by the December 12 arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade on charges of visa fraud and underpaying her nanny, an Indian national.

Dec 18, 2013

U.S.’ Kerry voices ‘regret’ to India over diplomat case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called a top Indian official and voiced regret about the case of an Indian diplomat strip-searched after her arrest last week in New York on charges including visa fraud, the State Department said on Wednesday.

Kerry’s call to Indian National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon, disclosed by the U.S. State Department, aimed to defuse a diplomatic crisis sparked by the December 12 arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade on charges of visa fraud and underpaying her nanny, an Indian national.

Dec 10, 2013

U.S. Senate banking chairman inclined to hold off on Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s appeal to Congress to hold off on imposing more sanctions on Iran won key support on Tuesday when the chairman of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee said he would not back new legislation at this time.

Any such legislation could jeopardize delicate negotiations toward a comprehensive agreement with Tehran to curb its nuclear program after world powers clinched an interim deal with Iran last month, President Barack Obama’s administration has argued.

Dec 9, 2013

Iran’s Zarif says nuclear deal dead if U.S. passes new sanctions

WASHINGTON, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Iranian Foreign Minister Javad
Zarif said the Iranian nuclear deal would be dead if the U.S.
Congress imposes new sanctions, even if they do not take effect
for six months, Time Magazine said on Monday.

In a transcript of the interview, which was conducted on
Saturday and posted online on Monday, Time said it asked Zarif
what would happen if Congress imposed new sanctions, even if
they did not go into effect for six months.

Nov 24, 2013

U.S., Iran held secret talks on march to nuclear deal

GENEVA (Reuters) – U.S. and Iranian officials met secretly in such out-of-the-way places as Oman, using military planes, side entrances and service elevators to conceal their efforts to lay the ground for Sunday’s nuclear agreement.

The contacts, first reported in detail by the Associated Press and later confirmed by U.S. officials and a former Iranian official, helped to bring about a deal that could help to end a decade-long impasse over Iran’s suspect nuclear work.

Nov 21, 2013

Afghanistan, U.S. reach draft security agreement

KABUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Afghanistan reached a draft agreement on Wednesday laying out the terms under which U.S. troops may stay beyond 2014, one day before Afghan elders are to debate the issue.

A draft accord released by the Afghan government appears to meet U.S. demands on such controversial issues as whether U.S. troops would unilaterally conduct counterterrorism operations, enter Afghan homes or protect the country from outside attack.

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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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