Kerry Cites Some Progress In Mideast Diplomacy

11:24 AM, Jan 4, 2014   |    comments
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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is citing some progress as a result of his Mideast shuttle diplomacy.            

He says "we are not there yet, but we are making progress" toward a framework for a peace deal.            

Kerry was in the West Bank on Saturday for a second day of talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.            

Kerry tells reporters that "we are working with great intensity and serious purpose with a commitment to resolve this conflict."            

Next up is a meeting later Saturday in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.            

Kerry is trying to nudge the leaders closer to a peace pact that would establish a Palestinian state and set a framework to guide talks for a final settlement in the decades-long dispute.


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