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Jul 21, 2013

In Kerry’s Mideast announcement, hints of success and challenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Friday that Israel and the Palestinians had tentatively agreed to resume peace talks after three years, he did so standing alone as dusk fell over the Jordanian capital.

The image reflects both his achievement and his challenge: few people would have predicted success when he began his quest to get the parties into talks nearly six months ago; yet even as he heralded the planned negotiations, neither was at his side.

Jul 19, 2013

Kerry says Israel, Palestinians lay groundwork for peace talks

AMMAN (Reuters) – Israel and the Palestinians have laid the groundwork for resuming peace talks after an almost three-year stalemate, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday, though he cautioned the deal was not final and required more diplomacy.

Kerry, winding up his sixth Middle East brokering mission this year, gave few details. He anticipated Israeli and Palestinian envoys would come to Washington soon for what a U.S. official said would mark the launch of direct negotiations.

Jul 18, 2013

Angry Syrian refugees demand help from Kerry at camp

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (Reuters) – Syrian refugees angrily told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday that the United States should set up a no-fly zone and safe havens in Syria to protect their fellow citizens.

Visiting a camp that holds roughly 115,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan about 12 km (8 miles) from the Syrian border, Kerry spent about 40 minutes with half a dozen refugees who vented their frustration at the international community’s failure to end Syria’s more than two-year civil war.

Jul 18, 2013

Syrian refugees demand help from Kerry at Jordan camp

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (Reuters) – Syrian refugees angrily told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday that the United States should set up a no-fly zone and safe havens in Syria to protect them.

Visiting a camp that holds roughly 115,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan about 12 km (eight miles) from the Syrian border, Kerry spent about 40 minutes with half a dozen refugees who vented their frustration at the international community’s failure to end Syria’s more than two-year-old civil war.

Jul 17, 2013

Arabs back Kerry push to renew Israel-Palestinian talks

AMMAN (Reuters) – The Arab League endorsed on Wednesday a U.S. drive to relaunch Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the gaps between the two sides had significantly narrowed.

Kerry’s upbeat rhetoric after separate meetings with an Arab League delegation and with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Jordan suggested he may be making some headway in his effort to end a nearly three-year deadlock.

Jul 17, 2013

Kerry says gaps narrowed in bid to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks

AMMAN/RAMALLAH (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry voiced confidence on Wednesday that he was on track toward achieving a resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, saying gaps had been greatly narrowed.

Kerry made the assessment after his second meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas since arriving in Amman on Tuesday to press on with efforts to revive negotiations frozen since 2010 in a dispute over Israeli settlement building on occupied land. Israel announced a new expansion on Wednesday.

Jul 17, 2013

Kerry, Abbas meet again, Israel approves settlement homes

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 visit to the region since taking office, Kerry and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke for five hours in Amman on Tuesday night over an Iftar dinner, the evening meal with which Muslims break their daily fast during Ramadan.

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.

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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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