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Kerry says Saudis back his Mideast peace moves

Published on Jan 6, 2014 6:08 AM
 
Saudi Arabia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (right) listens as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry makes a statement to the press at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on Jan 5, 2014. US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday, Dec 5, 2014, he had won Saudi support for his efforts to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, in a day of whistlestop diplomacy to key Arab allies. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

JERUSALEM (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday, Dec 5, 2014, he had won Saudi support for his efforts to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, in a day of whistlestop diplomacy to key Arab allies.

The top US diplomat, on the fourth day of his 10th visit to Israel and the West Bank, promised any agreed plan would be "fair and balanced". And he likened his efforts to broker a compromise, and a framework for guiding the talks towards an April deadline, to figuring out a puzzle.

"In the end all of these core issues fit together like a mosaic, like a puzzle and you can't separate out one piece or another," Mr Kerry said on early Sunday before flying to Amman, and later to Saudi Arabia.

Each piece was interlinked, he stressed, and depended on the compromises the other side might be prepared to make as they sort through their competing demands.

 
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