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Kerry in new talks with Palestinian leader

Published on Jan 4, 2014 9:35 PM
 
US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives for a meeting at the presidential compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on Jan 4, 2014. Kerry held fresh talks on Saturday with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas seeking to brush aside bitter Israeli-Palestinian recriminations and advance difficult peace negotiations. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - United States Secretary of State John Kerry held fresh talks on Saturday with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas seeking to brush aside bitter Israeli-Palestinian recriminations and advance difficult peace negotiations.

After five months of mostly sticking to pledges not to air their grievances in public, the mutual distrust between the two sides has burst into the open with each accusing the other of trying to scupper the talks.

US officials have acknowledged that a sought-after agreement on a framework to guide the negotiations forward would not be reached on this trip, signalling that Mr Kerry may return to Israel soon.

The top US diplomat, who has made it a personal quest to reach a long-elusive peace deal, is on his 10th trip back to the region since becoming secretary of state in March.

 
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