Kerry meets Netanyahu on new Mideast peace mission
Published Friday 13/12/2013 (updated) 14/12/2013 09:57
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas (R) meets with US Secretary
of State John Kerry in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Dec. 12, 2013
(Pool/AFP Fadi Arouri)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- US Secretary of State John Kerry was to meet Friday morning in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in his latest attempt at promoting elusive Israeli-Palestinians peace talks.
The two were to meet in a city-center hotel at 6:30 GMT, after the US envoy held more than two hours of talks Thursday evening with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
No details were released on the content of the Kerry-Abbas meeting, which took place immediately after Kerry's arrival in the region.
It is his ninth trip to Israel and the West Bank since March, and his second in less than a week.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said earlier this week the US was "focused on a final deal" rather than an interim agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.
Nine-month direct talks were launched between the sides by Kerry in July.
Last week, he said "we are closer than we have been in years" to reaching a peace deal.
But Palestinians said Kerry's ideas on future security arrangements, which were presented to the Palestinian leadership last week, had provoked a "real crisis".
Kerry's December 11-18 trip will also take him on to Vietnam, where he fought as a naval lieutenant in the Vietnam War, and the Philippines.