Kerry to focus on persuading Syria’s Assad to step down

US Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Wednesday that he is drafting diplomatic proposals to persuade Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to give up power, but he warned that it may be too late to prevent a violent collapse in a nation where nearly 70,000 have died and hundreds of thousands have been forced from […]

Kerry: Assad obviously is not a reformer now

Now that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has proven that he has no problem killing peaceful protesters in the streets, some of the most prominent advocates of engaging with his government are rethinking their views. That list now includes Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), who told The Cable that he no longer believes […]

Tribunal can’t be stopped by Lebanon says Kerry

Lebanon is powerless to stop a UN-backed probe into the murder of ex-premier Rafiq Hariri despite a campaign by Hezbollah to torpedo the court, visiting US Senator John Kerry said on Monday. “This is a tribunal that was not created by the United States, not created by any individual entity in this region,” said Kerry, […]

Kerry: Arms flow to Hezbollah via Syria should stop

U.S. Senator John Kerry said on Thursday during a visit to Damascus that Syria is committed to engaging in peace making and is essential to the Mideast process. The Democratic senator, who is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters after a three-hour meeting with President Bashar Assad that Washington is also […]

US Senator John Kerry to visit Lebanon on Wednesday

Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, who is juggling climate change, aid to Pakistan and Congressional oversight of the war in Afghanistan — plunges this week into yet another major international conundrum: Middle East peace. Kerry departs today to the region “to investigate the political situation in Syria and Lebanon and the prospects for progress in the […]