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US sees 'possibilities' for new Mid-East peace bid

Published on Feb 14, 2013 6:04 AM
US Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh (L) during a press briefing following their bilateral meeting at the Department of State in Washington, DC, on February 13, 2013. Kerry Wednesday urged "strong, credible" response from world leaders after North Korea's nuclear test to show Iran that they are serious about non-proliferation. -- PHOTO: AFP 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States believes there may be a way to rekindle stalemated Middle East peace talks, but wants to hear ideas first from regional leaders, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.

"I believe that there are possibilities," Kerry said after talks with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, adding he was an optimist at heart.

"I think we start out by listening and get a sense of what the current state of possibilities are and then begin to make some choices," Mr Kerry said.

"It would be a huge mistake, almost an arrogant step, to suddenly be announcing this and that without listening first." US President Barack Obama is due to soon make his first visit to Israel and the West Bank as US leader, and Kerry told journalists in a joint press conference that it would give him the opportunity to hear from both sides.

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