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John Kerry the Next Secretary of State?

Publish Date24/12/2012 11:33:26 AM

Last Update24/12/2012 11:39:45 AM

President Barak Obama nominated John Kerry to be the next Secretary of State, days after the UN ambassador Susan Rice declined Obama’s nomination to replace current Secretary of state Hilary Clinton.

Obama complemented the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee John Kerry, "John`s earned the respect and confidence of leaders around the world. He is not going to need a lot of on-the-job training."

Kerry holds strong ties with the Syrian regime, as he held talks with the Syrian President Bashar AlAssad on numerous occasions. Kerry actually praised AlAssad, "Well, I personally believe that -- I mean, this is my belief, okay? But President Assad has been very generous with me in terms of the discussions we have had. And when I last went to -- the last several trips to Syria -- I asked President Assad to do certain things to build the relationship with the United States and sort of show the good faith that would help us to move the process forward."

The Obama administration was against Kerry’s visit to Syria, they once actually stopped one of his scheduled visits. Appointing Kerry could be seen as a move to reach a compromise with the Syrian regime, which was publicly criticized by Clinton, this might mean that the U.S. will abandon the Syrian opposition who was not effective in the uprising against AlAssad.

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