"Every person I've talked to in the region recently -- and particularly when I was just in Afghanistan and Pakistan -- thinks we ought to be dealing with Iran," Kerry told reporters today in a conference call. In February Kerry traveled to Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Turkey with Sen. Chuck HagelChuck HagelThe 13-year wait for 2 widows and a congressman comes to an end Petraeus doubts Syria can be put back together again Obama’s unsettled legacy on Iraq and Afghanistan MORE (R-Neb.).
"We need to negotiate; we need to be engaged with Iran. Not give up any principles, but at least engage in a way that allows us to use Russia and China and the Europeans and others to hopefully find a different path here," Kerry said.
The conference call focused on the upcoming testimony of Gen. David Petraeus and Amb. Ryan Crocker; the two will appear before Congress tomorrow and Wednesday to report to lawmakers on Iraq.