Washington: Senator John Kerry, Chairman
of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has called for the swift return of two American children abducted to Egypt.
Since the children were abducted in August 2009, Kerry
has written three letters to senior Egyptian government
officials requesting the swift return of the children to their
father in the United States.
"I welcome the Egyptian government`s facilitation of
American consular access today in Cairo for Noor and Ramsey. I
hope that this is a first step that can lead to a positive
outcome," Kerry said in a statement.
It is past time for the children to be returned to
Massachusetts where they belong, Kerry said following a
meeting in Egypt between an US consular official and Noor and
Ramsay Bower, two US children abducted to Egypt by their
"The facts are clear: the two boys were taken
illegally to Egypt by their mother more than a year ago in
blatant contravention of a US court ruling that granted their
father, Colin Bower, sole custody," he said.
"I have conveyed my concerns over this matter to both
the State Department and the Egyptian government over the last
year. I hope that the involvement of the US government can
help bring this tragedy to its rightful conclusion by
reuniting these boys with their father," Kerry said.