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Kerry ends Mideast trip without framework deal

Published on Jan 7, 2014 6:33 AM
 
US Secretary of State John Kerry waves as he boards his plane at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv Jan 6, 2014. Mr Kerry headed home from the Middle East on Monday insisting progress had been made despite failing to reach a framework to guide Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

JERUSALEM (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry headed home from the Middle East on Monday, Jan 6, 2014, insisting progress had been made despite failing to reach a framework to guide Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

On his 10th visit to the region as the top US diplomat, Mr Kerry devoted four days to intense diplomacy and spent hours locked in separate meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

He also made a surprise day trip to two key Arab allies, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

With the US remaining tight-lipped about the details, little news has filtered out about Mr Kerry's proposals to bridge the huge gaps between the two sides as they seek to draw up the contours of a long-elusive agreement on two states living side by side.

 
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