Posts Tagged ‘Kerry’

The mess in Egypt: Restricting aid is a mistake

October 28, 2013

Richard W. Carlson (Ambassador to the Seychelles, 1991-1992)

Cross-posted from Ambassador Carlson’s October 26, 2013 op-ed in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.


President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are seriously mishandling the U.S. relationship with Egypt. By cutting off much of the $1.5 billion military assistance package, they are further spreading instability and uncertainty and guaranteeing more chaos in Egypt.



Obama to Assad: Weapons Cache must be Verifiable, or there will be Consequences

September 18, 2013

John Price (Ambassador to Mauritius, Seychelles and Comoros, 2002-2005)

Cross-posted from Ambassador Price’s September 17, 2013 blog post.


On Friday President Barrack Obama told Kuwait’s Emir Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah that any diplomatic solution in Syria depended on President Bashar al-Assad listing all of the  chemical weapons in his arsenal, and signing on to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Secretary of State John Kerry echoing the president’s remarks said that Assad must turn over the necessary data in less than the sixty day time frame allowed under the accord.  

The U.S. negotiators spent three days in Geneva negotiating with the Russians on how to deal with Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile, and how to dispose of the scattered lethal weapons. Secretary Kerry and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov finally reached an agreement, giving Syria until September 21 to submit “a comprehensive listing, including names, types and quantities of its chemical weapons agents, types of munitions, and location and form of storage, production, and research and development facilities.”