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Kerry to meet Netanyahu in latest Mideast peace push

Published on Jan 2, 2014 7:37 PM

JERUSALEM (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry was to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday as he seeks agreement on a framework for final status talks with the Palestinians.

The top US diplomat has faced fierce opposition from both sides to any compromise on mostly irreconcilable demands since he kick-started direct negotiations in July after a three-year hiatus.

Mr Kerry's 10th tour to the region since he took office last March comes as Palestinian and Israeli leaders accuse each other of lacking serious commitment to achieve a lasting peace after decades of conflict.

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.

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