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Kerry arrives in Israel for Mideast peace push

Published on Jan 2, 2014 8:32 PM

BEN GURION AIRPORT, Israel (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry touched down at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv Thursday, starting a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories to push peace talks forward.

Mr Kerry arrived on schedule at around 2:00 pm (8 pm Singapore time) on a four-day visit, his 10th to the region since taking office in March, an AFP correspondent travelling with the top US diplomat said.

A State Department official told AFP ahead of the four-day trip that Mr Kerry aims to hammer out a framework to guide the sides through the tough final months of talks, due to end in late April after an agreed nine-month negotiating period.

Mr Kerry and his team, led by special envoy and former ambassador Martin Indyk, hope to have the framework in place soon, addressing the core issues.

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