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Seasoned statesman will need little introduction

Published 22/12/2012 | 05:00

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THERE'S a picture that shows a callow Barack Obama in 2004, fresh-faced and unscarred by the slings and arrows of high office.

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He is seen taking advice from the decorated war hero, and highly experienced statesman, John Kerry.

Mr Obama's pick for secretary of state needs no introduction on the world stage.

A member of the Foreign Relations Committee for 27 years, the last six as chairman, Senator Kerry has travelled extensively in his capacity as unofficial envoy for Mr Obama, fighting diplomatic fires in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Egypt.

When Mr Obama needed someone to persuade Afghan President Hamid Karzai to agree to a runoff election, he sent Mr Kerry.

And he has travelled to Egypt four times since the revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.

During his tenure, Mr Kerry has pushed for reducing the number of nuclear weapons, shepherding a US-Russia treaty through the Senate in December 2010, and has cast climate change as a national security threat.

Irish Independent

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