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Kerry pushing Israel, Palestinians to resume talks

June 30, 2013 • World News


Escorted by security, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, walks with Frank Lowenstein, senior advisor to the secretary on Middle East issues, as they return to their hotel just after 4 a.m. on Sunday, June 30, 2013 after finishing a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu that took over six hours. After the marathon meeting, Kerry decided to get some air by walking to a park near the hotel where he is staying and the meeting was held. Kerry is shuttling between Palestinian and Israeli leaders in hopes of restarting peace talks. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, engaged in breakneck shuttle diplomacy to coax Israel and the Palestinians back into peace talks, is flying to the West Bank on Sunday to have a third meeting in as many days with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

U.S., Israeli and Palestinian officials have declined to disclose details of the past three days of closed-door meetings, but Kerry’s decision to fly from Jerusalem to Ramallah, West Bank, to see Abbas again before he leaves the region was an indication that the secretary believes there is a chance of bringing the two sides together.

“Working hard” is all Kerry would say when a reporter asked him at a photo-op whether progress was being made.

Despite the lack of readouts, there are several clues that the meetings have been more than routine chats.

Most of Kerry’s meetings have lasted at least two hours and several of them were much longer. His initial dinner meeting Thursday Login to read more

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