DFA welcomes Kerry nomination as state secretary

The DFA says it is confident Kerry's wealth of experience will serve him well as new Secretary of State

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday, December 22, welcomed the nomination of US senator John Kerry as Secretary of State.

A Democrat, he will succeed Hillary Clinton who will be stepping down from her post after 4 years as State Secretary.

In a statement, the DFA said it looks forward to engaging with Kerry in “sustaining the upward trajectory of PH-US relations which flourished during the tenure of Secretary Hillary Clinton.”

The department is “confident that Senator Kerry’s wealth of experience, especially his chairmanship of the Senate committee on foreign relations, would serve him well in this new capacity,” DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez said, quoting from the statement.

The 69-year-old Vietnam War veteran is an acknowledged foreign policy expert. As chair of the Senate foreign relations committee, Kerry, according to US President Barack Obama, had played a central role in every US foreign policy debate for 30 years, adding that his entire life had prepared him for this new role.

“We wish him all the best as he begins a new chapter in his long career in public service,” the DFA said. – Rappler.com