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Mideast talks 'difficult and complicated': Palestinians

Published on Dec 6, 2013 1:43 AM

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - A top Palestinian negotiator on Thursday said peace talks with Israel were "difficult and complicated", after a meeting between Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and US Secretary of State John Kerry.

"The situation is still very difficult and matters are complicated," Saeb Erakat told AFP.

"Abbas met Kerry for four hours... and discussed issues including security. We hope Israel will stick to its commitments and be forced to stop settlement building. Settlements are the reason for the difficulties in negotiations," he said.

Mr Kerry met Mr Abbas at the president's headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah after a more than three-hour meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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