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Aug 3, 2015

Kerry hopes for better Iran conduct after deal but it “may not happen”

DOHA, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Iran’s “behaviour” may improve
internationally in the wake of its nuclear deal with world
powers but Washington and Gulf Arab allies who accuse it of
subversion aim to be prepared if that does not happen, U.S.
Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Speaking after meeting fellow foreign ministers from the six
countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Qatar, Kerry said
that both he and they agreed that once fully implemented, the
historic accord would contribute to the region’s security.

Aug 3, 2015

Kerry seeks to convince Gulf Arabs on Iran deal

DOHA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began talks with Gulf states in Qatar on Monday, seeking to convince them of the merits of last month’s nuclear deal with Iran and to discuss the battle against Islamic State militants and the war in Syria.

Most Gulf Arab states are worried that Iran’s July 14 accord with the United States and other powers will hasten detente between Tehran and Washington and embolden Tehran to support paramilitary allies in the region.

Aug 3, 2015

Kerry says United States, Egypt return to “stronger base” in ties

CAIRO (Reuters) – The United States and Egypt are returning to a “stronger base” in bilateral ties despite tensions and human rights concerns, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday after talks with his Egyptian counterpart.

“Egypt remains vital … to engagement and stability in the region as a whole,” said Kerry, who held the first bilateral strategic dialogue since 2009.

Aug 2, 2015

Kerry says to seek more support for Libya peace plan

CAIRO (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday he would seek greater backing for a U.N. peace plan for Libya which has been spurned by some key players in a country where two rival governments are vying for power.

Some warring factions signed an initial United Nations-sponsored deal on July 12 to form a unity government and end fighting, but the parliament in Tripoli – set up to rival the official assembly which was pushed out of the capital – rejected the agreement.

Aug 2, 2015

Kerry says United States, Egypt return to ‘stronger base’ in relationship

CAIRO (Reuters) – The United States and Egypt are returning to a “stronger base” in their relationship despite tensions and concerns over human rights, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday at the first strategic dialogue between the two sides since 2009.

U.S.-Egyptian relations cooled considerably after Islamist president Mohamed Mursi was ousted in 2013 by the military amid mass protests against his rule.

Jul 31, 2015

Kerry to press Malaysia on human trafficking, not scandal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will press Malaysia to redouble efforts against people trafficking on a visit next week but will not become embroiled in a scandal involving corruption allegations against Prime Minister Najib Razak, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.

Kerry will be in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday and Thursday for meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which Malaysia currently chairs, and will have bilateral talks with Najib and Foreign Minister Anifah Aman.

Jul 30, 2015

U.S. says Europeans could help more in South China Sea dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a rare admonishment of a close ally, the United States urged the European Union on Wednesday to speak out more forcefully to support Washington in its dispute with China over building and militarization of man-made outposts in the South China Sea.

Amy Searight, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for South and Southeast Asia, said Washington welcomed EU calls for a peaceful resolution of territorial disputes in the sea and respect for international law.

Jul 27, 2015

U.S. upgrades Malaysia, Cuba in human trafficking report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States upgraded Malaysia in an annual report on human trafficking on Monday, despite calls by human rights groups and nearly 180 U.S. lawmakers to keep the Southeast Asian country on a list of worst offenders for failing to suppress trafficking.

The U.S. State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons report also upgraded Cuba from its lowest rank for the first time since it was included in the annual report in 2003.

Jul 23, 2015

China in ‘race to bottom’ with North Korea on rights: U.S. congressman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An influential U.S. congressman denounced religious persecution in China on Thursday, comparing some practices to those of the Nazis and saying that Beijing was in a “race to the bottom” with its neighbor North Korea on human rights abuses.

Republican Chris Smith, a senior member of the House foreign affairs committee and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, told a hearing on Capitol Hill it was time the Obama administration and the United Nations stood up to China.

Jul 10, 2015

Kerry doesn’t view Russia as existential threat – U.S. State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry does not agree with the Marine Corps general nominated to be America’s next top uniformed commander that Russia poses an existential threat to the United States, a spokesman said on Friday.

On Thursday, Marine General Joseph Dunford told lawmakers weighing his nomination to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that Russia presented the greatest threat to U.S. national security.

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      "David Brunnstrom is Reuters U.S. Asia Policy Correspondent, based in Washington DC. Before moving to Washington in 2012, he reported from all over Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia as EU and NATO correspondent based in Brussels. Before that, he spent nearly 20 years in Asia for Reuters, with postings in Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo, Hanoi, Islamabad and Kabul."
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