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Jul 17, 2013

Abbas to brief PLO on Kerry peace talks push

AMMAN/RAMALLAH (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will tell the PLO leadership about the U.S. push to resume Israeli-Palestinian peace talks on Thursday in order to decide whether to take part, a Palestinian official said.

The official spoke a day after Abbas and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the issue for five hours in Amman over an iftar dinner, the evening meal with which Muslims break their daily fast during the month of Ramadan.

Jul 16, 2013

Kerry to meet Arab League officials on Israeli-Palestinian peace

AMMAN (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is due to meet on Wednesday with officials from Arab nations that he regards as essential to his push to get Israelis and Palestinians to resume peace talks.

On his sixth peacemaking visit to the region since taking office on February 1, Kerry dined with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday night in the Jordanian capital and also met separately with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh.

Jul 16, 2013

Kerry to meet Abbas, may visit camp for Syrian refugees

AMMAN (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began a round of discussions in Jordan on Tuesday in his push to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and address the crisis in Syria.

Meeting Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, Kerry raised the possibility of visiting a refugee camp housing some of the 400,000 refugees who have fled to Jordan to escape Syria’s civil war.

Jul 16, 2013

Kerry to meet Palestinians’ Abbas on sixth peacemaking trip

AMMAN (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was due to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Jordan on Tuesday as he tries to nudge the Palestinians and Israelis toward a resumption of peace talks that broke down nearly three years ago.

Making his sixth trip to the region since taking office, Kerry will hold talks with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh before having dinner with Abbas, a senior State Department official said.

Jul 15, 2013

Kerry to discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace with Arabs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will discuss his effort to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks with Arab officials in Jordan on Wednesday, according to the State Department, which declined to comment on whether a resumption may be at hand.

Kerry will leave Washington on Monday night to fly to Amman to see officials from Jordan and the Arab League, which put forward a peace proposal in 2002 that offered full Arab recognition of Israel if it gave up land seized in a 1967 war and accepted a “just solution” for Palestinian refugees.

Jul 15, 2013

U.S. can avoid cutting aid to Egypt in several ways

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House has made clear it is in no hurry to cut off U.S. aid to Egypt now, or perhaps at all, despite the military’s role in toppling Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, and it has several options to avoid doing so.

These range from putting off a decision on whether Mursi’s ouster constituted a military coup, which would trigger a cut-off under U.S. law, to finding that a military coup took place but winning authority from Congress to keep the money flowing.

Jul 14, 2013

Senior U.S. diplomat Burns visits Egypt for talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top U.S. diplomat flew to Egypt on Sunday to urge its interim government, military and politicians to move toward an elected civilian government after the army coup that ousted President Mohamed Mursi.

Deputy Secretary of State William Burns intends to hold talks with those groups as well as civil society and the business community, the State Department said without clarifying whether he would meet Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood supporters.

Jul 13, 2013

Obama speaks with Putin on Snowden, but no sign of movement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama raised U.S. concerns directly with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday over Moscow’s handling of former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, but there was no sign of a breakthrough on Washington’s demand that Russia expel him.

Obama and Putin spoke by phone in a discussion that White House spokesman Jay Carney said earlier would largely be about Snowden, who is wanted in the United States for disclosing secret surveillance programs. Carney had accused Russia of providing Snowden a “propaganda platform” to air his complaints about the United States.

Jul 12, 2013

Obama to speak with Putin on Friday: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama planned to raise U.S. concerns directly with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday about Moscow’s handling of former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who is wanted in the United States for disclosing secret surveillance programs.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama and Putin would speak by phone about Snowden later in the day, a conversation that was set up in recent days as Washington seeks to persuade Moscow to send Snowden back to the United States to face espionage charges.

Jul 12, 2013

Obama to speak with Putin on Friday, raise Snowden concerns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama planned to raise U.S. concerns directly with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday about Moscow’s handling of former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who is wanted in the United States for disclosing secret surveillance programs.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama and Putin would speak by phone about Snowden later in the day, a conversation that was set up in recent days as Washington seeks to persuade Moscow to send Snowden back to the United States to face espionage charges.

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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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