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Kerry Defends U.S. Foreign Policy At Davos

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has hit at criticism that the United States was retreating from the Middle East and the rest of the world.

Speaking on January 24 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Kerry said: "Far from disengaging, America is proud to be more engaged than ever.”

He added that the United States was “playing as critical a role as ever in the pursuit of global peace, prosperity, and stability."

Kerry highlighted U.S. efforts to kick-start the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, a push to rid Syria of its chemical arsenal, and an interim accord on Iran's nuclear program.

The U.S. administration has been criticized at home and by Gulf allies for not having a coherent strategy to deal with fast-moving developments in the Middle East.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP