Kerry 'determined' to announce resumed talks: Palestinians

US Secretary of State John Kerry (centre), Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh (right) and Egypt's Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr (left) arrive for a meeting with the Arab League Peace Initiative at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Amman on
US Secretary of State John Kerry (centre), Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh (right) and Egypt's Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr (left) arrive for a meeting with the Arab League Peace Initiative at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Amman on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Mr Kerry is determined to announce resumed Middle East peace talks before he leaves the region at the end of the week, a Palestinian official said on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - United States Secretary of State John Kerry is "determined" to announce resumed Middle East peace talks before he leaves the region at the end of the week, a Palestinian official said on Wednesday.

"There has been progress in meetings with Kerry after he presented his initiative to Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas in a meeting in Amman," the high-ranking official told AFP, requesting anonymity.

"The US Secretary of State is determined to announce, before he leaves on Friday, a restart of negotiations," he added.