Kerry To Visit Jordan, Israel-Palestinian Peace On Agenda

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Reuters
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will brief Arab officials in Jordan on Wednesday about his push to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the State Department said but declined comment on whether a resumption may be at hand.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will brief Arab officials in Jordan on Wednesday about his push to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the State Department said but declined comment on whether a resumption may be at hand.

Kerry will leave Washington on Monday night to fly to Amman to see officials from Jordan as well as from the Arab League, which in 2002 put forward a peace proposal that offered full Arab recognition of Israel if it gave up land seized in a 1967 war and accepted a "just solution" for Palestinian refugees.

A Palestinian official told Reuters in Ramallah that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would see Kerry in Amman on Tuesday or Wednesday to discuss the U.S. secretary of state's drive to resume peace talks.

In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki declined comment on whether Kerry would meet Palestinian or Israeli officials and on speculation that peace talks, which collapsed in 2010, might be on the verge of resuming.

She did, however, hint that Kerry, who is making his first foreign trip since his wife suffered a seizure on July 7, saw some possibility of progress.

"The secretary would not be going back to the region if he did not feel there was an opportunity (for) taking steps forward in providing an update to representatives of the Arab League ... but beyond that I don't have any announcements or predictions to make," Psaki said at her daily briefing.