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US absence at Paris summit a ‘disgrace’: Kerry

WASHINGTON: Former US secretary of state John Kerry blasted the absence of the American government at a major climate change summit in Paris on Tuesday as a "disgrace". About 60 world leaders and hundreds of ministers, company bosses, and environmentalists gathered for the One Planet Summit called by French President Emmanuel Macron after Donald Trump's decision to abandon the global climate accord. Trump was not invited and the US federal government was represented by the second-highest diplomat in the American…

Trump tweets creating ‘chaos politics’: Kerry

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump has created a destructive atmosphere of "chaos politics" with his prolific use of Twitter for policy announcements and incendiary remarks alike, former secretary of state John Kerry said Thursday. In an interview with Swiss public broadcaster RTS in Geneva, Kerry slammed Trump's frequent and often controversial tweets. "More and more Americans are finding the tweet phenomenon tiring, destructive and interruptive of the genuine kind of dialogue," he said. "I think it creates a chaos…

‘President of the United States has many powers not this one’

Donald Trump has gambled with US diplomatic credibility by attacking an Iran nuclear deal that his European allies cherish as a benchmark for international cooperation. And in doing so the US president has underlined the risk that his "America First" foreign policy will translate to one of "America Alone" as he confronts future crises. Between nationalist speeches, protectionist gestures and high-octane Twitter outbursts, observers have struggled to identify a coherent strategy behind Trump's decisions. But one…

Kerry confident Trump administration will stick to peaceful policies in Asia

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam: Outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday he was confident the next administration would stick to the same peaceful principles on Asian security as the current one, despite hawkish comments from President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet picks. Referring to the disputed South China Sea, Kerry told a university audience in Ho Chi Minh City that countries, big or small, should refrain from provocation and any dispute should be resolved peacefully in accordance with international law.…

Kerry warns of ‘authoritarian populism,’ takes jab at Trump tweets

WASHINGTON: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday warned of the dangers of authoritarian populism and offered a thinly veiled critique of Donald Trump's prolific use of Twitter, saying it allowed the president-elect to avoid accountability. In his most pointed public comments about Trump since the Nov. 8 presidential election, Kerry also suggested that the president-elect's Cabinet nominees were getting a free pass from Congress for failing to submit tax returns and other documentation before their Senate…

US wants amicable solution of Indus Water Treaty dispute: Kerry

ISLAMABAD: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday telephoned Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and told him that the United States would like an amicable solution to the ongoing Indus Water Treaty dispute between Pakistan and India. Secretary Kerry said that the President World Bank had recently informed him about Pakistan’s complaint against India on the subject of Indus Water Treaty. The finance minister said that Indus Water Treaty is an international commitment, and it is the responsibility of the World Bank to ensure…

Trump’s message: Stay strong Israel, January 20 fast approaching

WASHINGTON: As the US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday said Israel's building of settlements on occupied land was jeopardising Middle East peace, voicing unusually frank frustration with America's longtime ally weeks before leaving the office, Donald Trump said Israel could not be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. In his reactionary tweets the US President-elect Donald Trump said: We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. They used to have a great friend…

‘Israel on a course leading to perpetual occupation of Palestinian-owned land’

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Wednesday that Israel's settlement building in the West Bank threatens both hope for peace with the Palestinians and the country's own future as a democracy. SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL VIDEO, TRUMP AND NETANYAHU's RESPONSE In a major speech setting out his vision of a solution to the conflict, Kerry warned Israel was on a course leading to a "perpetual occupation" of Palestinian-owned land. Kerry hit back against Israeli claims that Washington conspired behind its back…

Israel pulls back from approving new East Jerusalem homes

JERUSALEM: Jerusalem's city hall cancelled a vote on Wednesday on applications to build nearly 500 new homes for Israelis in East Jerusalem, a municipal official said, plans that had drawn US criticism in a raging dispute over settlements. The proposed settlement is part of building activity that the UN Security Council demanded an end to on Friday, a resolution that a US abstention made possible. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested the decision be put off, said Jerusalem Planning and Housing Committee member…