"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. It is past time for the children to be returned to Massachusetts where they belong. 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 U.S. court ruling that granted their father, Colin Bower, sole custody. 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 U.S. government can help bring this tragedy to its rightful conclusion by reuniting these boys with their father."
Since the children were abducted in August 2009, Senator Kerry has written three letters to senior Egyptian government officials requesting the swift return of the children to their father in the United States.