Washington: Senator John Kerry moved a step closer to being confirmed as the next US Secretary of State, getting a unanimous vote of approval today from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
The full Senate is soon expected to formally confirm his nomination thus paving the way for Kerry being sworn in as the next Secretary of State.
Kerry, 69, was nominated by US President Barack Obama, in December. He would replace Hillary Clinton. Kerry's confirmation was unanimously approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, of which he was the chairman for the last four years.
"You're going to be an incredible Secretary of State," the incoming chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez, said, adding his nomination has been confirmed by the committee with lightning speed.
"I think it's fair to say that few individuals know as many presidents and prime ministers, or grasp our foreign policies as firmly as John Kerry," Obama had said announcing his nomination.
"And this makes him a perfect choice to guide American diplomacy in the years ahead," he said.
A veteran of the Vietnam War, Kerry is well acquainted with the foreign affairs. He has been heading the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the last four years. His father, Richard, was a Foreign Service officer.
"Thank you all, very much. I'm honoured beyond words," Kerry said, adding that he is expected to deliver a final speech in the US Senate.


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