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May 24, 2013

Kerry says Israelis, Palestinians must make tough decisions

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israeli and Palestinian leaders must decide soon on whether to revive long-dormant peace negotiations to end their decades-old conflict, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday.

Ending two days of meetings in the region, Kerry said he had had “very productive” talks. But there were no obvious signs of any breakthrough, with neither side offering the sort of compromises needed to end a three-year stalemate.

May 23, 2013

Kerry meets Israelis, Palestinians in bid to revive talks

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held separate talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials on Thursday and acknowledged there was considerable skepticism that the two sides would resume peace negotiations.

There were no signs of any breakthrough as Kerry visited Israel for the fourth time in his four months in office to try to revive a peace process that has been moribund for more than two years.

May 23, 2013

Kerry begins round of talks with Israel, Palestinians

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Secretary of State John Kerry began a round of separate talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials on Thursday but acknowledged there was considerable skepticism that the two sides would resume peace negotiations.

Kerry has now visited Israel four times in his four months in office to try to restart peace talks.

May 23, 2013

West may boost Syria rebels if Assad won’t talk peace

AMMAN (Reuters) – Washington threatened on Wednesday to increase support for Syria’s rebels if President Bashar al-Assad refuses to discuss a political end to a civil war that is spreading across borders.

Rebels called for reinforcements to combat an “invasion” by Hezbollah and its Iranian backers, days after Assad’s forces launched an offensive against a strategic town that could prove to be a turning point in the war.

May 22, 2013

Syria rebels call for reinforcements as war spreads abroad

AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) – The United States and its allies are ready to increase support for Syria’s rebels if President Bashar al-Assad refuses to discuss a political solution to his country’s civil war, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.

Rebels called for reinforcements to combat President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, which have launched an offensive in recent days against a strategic town backed by Assad’s allies from Lebanon’s powerful Shi’ite militia Hezbollah.

May 22, 2013

Kerry warns Syria’s Assad against rejecting political solution

AMMAN (Reuters) – Western governments are ready to increase support to opponents of President Bashar al-Assad if he rejects a political solution to Syria’s civil war, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.

Kerry said recent military gains by Assad’s forces were only temporary and that if the Syrian leader believed that the counter-offensives against the rebels would be decisive, “then he is miscalculating”.

May 21, 2013

Kerry visits Oman for arms deal, talks on Syria, Mideast

MUSCAT (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Oman on Tuesday for Raytheon Co’s signing of an estimated $2.1 billion (1.3 billion pounds) arms deal and to consult on Syria and Iran, U.S. officials said.

Oman is expected to sign a letter of intent to purchase a ground-based air defence system that would help protect against cruise missile, drone or fighter aircraft attacks, a senior U.S. State Department official told reporters aboard Kerry’s plane.

May 21, 2013

Kerry visits Oman for arms deal signing, talks on Syria, Mideast

SHANNON, Ireland (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flies to Oman on Tuesday for Raytheon Co’s signing of an estimated $2.1 billion arms deal and to consult on Syria and Iran, U.S. officials said.

Oman is expected to sign a letter of intent to purchase a ground-based air defense system that would help protect against cruise missile or drone attacks, a senior U.S. State Department official told reporters aboard Kerry’s plane.

May 9, 2013

Analysis: After months of deadlock, diplomacy gets another chance in Syria

ROME/MOSCOW (Reuters) – If Russia has decided to make a new diplomatic push to drag Syria’s warring parties into peace talks, it may be because of signs that the United States could slowly get sucked into the conflict.

The two major powers’ joint announcement that they would try to bring together representatives of President Bashar al-Assad’s government and the rebel forces fighting to oust him represents their first serious diplomatic initiative in nearly a year.

May 8, 2013

Kerry sees “short time” to revive Middle East peace bid

ROME (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry suggested on Wednesday that Washington was trying to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks within a short time frame as he announced his fourth visit to the region this year.

Kerry will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on May 21 or 22, he said after talks in Rome with Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who is overseeing the Israeli effort to relaunch negotiations.

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      "I cover U.S. foreign policy for Reuters from a base at the State Department. I joined Reuters in 1988 and have worked as a correspondent in New York, Paris, Algiers and Washington, where I have covered the White House (1996-2002) and the State Department (2002-2005, 2006-present)."
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