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Jan 5, 2014

Kerry says Israel, Palestinians making progress on peace ‘puzzle’

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday the Israelis and Palestinians were making some progress in peace talks, though there was still a chance no accord would be reached.

Speaking before he flew to Jordan and Saudi Arabia to brief them about his 10th set of meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Kerry said both sides had a sharper idea of the compromises needed to secure an agreement.

Jan 5, 2014

Kerry says Israel, Palestinians grappling with peace “puzzle”

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday the Israelis and Palestinians were making some progress in peace talks, though there was still a chance no accord would be reached.

Speaking before he flew to Jordan and Saudi Arabia to brief their rulers on the talks, Kerry said both sides had a sharper idea of the compromises needed to secure an agreement despite their deep scepticism on the chances of success.

Jan 5, 2014

Kerry says Iran could help on sideline of Syrian peace talks

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday Iran could play a role on the sidelines of Syrian peace talks, the first sign he might accept some participation from Tehran amid a thawing of relations between the two countries.

Washington, and Syrian opposition groups, have long objected to any involvement from Iran, the main regional ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during the near three-year uprising against his rule.

Jan 4, 2014

Kerry sees progress on Israeli-Palestinian framework deal

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Israel and the Palestinians are making progress towards a “framework agreement” to guide their talks on a formal peace deal but still have some way to go, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday.

Speaking after extensive, separate talks with Palestinian and Israeli leaders, Kerry sounded somewhat hopeful about the chances of ending the conflict, despite misgivings voiced recently by both sides and a lack of tangible signs of movement.

Jan 2, 2014

Netanyahu downbeat as Kerry returns for peace talks

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered a gloomy assessment of peace prospects with the Palestinians on Thursday as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began his 10th visit to the region in pursuit of a deal.

“There is growing doubt in Israel that the Palestinians are committed to peace,” said Netanyahu, speaking with Kerry at his side and accusing Palestinian officials of orchestrating a campaign of “unabated incitement” against Israel.

Jan 1, 2014

The invisible man: Bill Burns and the secret Iran talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The night before a round of high-stakes nuclear talks with Iran, U.S. President Barack Obama told his chief of staff he had “absolute confidence we have the right team on the field.”

Obama was not referring to his public negotiating team, led by senior State Department official Wendy Sherman, nor even to his secretary of state, John Kerry, who was soon to sweep in from Tel Aviv to join the early November discussions in Geneva.

Dec 19, 2013

Kerry expresses regret to India over Devyani Khobragade diplomat case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called a top Indian official to express regret about the case of an Indian diplomat strip-searched after her arrest in New York last week on charges including visa fraud, the State Department said on Wednesday.

Kerry’s call to Indian National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon, disclosed by the U.S. State Department, aimed to defuse a diplomatic crisis sparked by the December 12 arrest of Devyani Khobragade on charges of visa fraud and underpaying her nanny, an Indian national.

Dec 19, 2013

U.S.’s Kerry expresses regret to India over diplomat case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called a top Indian official to express regret about the case of an Indian diplomat strip-searched after her arrest in New York last week on charges including visa fraud, the State Department said on Wednesday.

Kerry’s call to Indian National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon, disclosed by the U.S. State Department, aimed to defuse a diplomatic crisis sparked by the December 12 arrest of Devyani Khobragade on charges of visa fraud and underpaying her nanny, an Indian national.

Dec 18, 2013

Kerry voices ‘regret’ to India over diplomat Devyani Khobragade case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called a top Indian official and voiced regret about the case of an Indian diplomat strip-searched after her arrest last week in New York on charges including visa fraud, the State Department said on Wednesday.

Kerry’s call to Indian National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon, disclosed by the U.S. State Department, aimed to defuse a diplomatic crisis sparked by the December 12 arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade on charges of visa fraud and underpaying her nanny, an Indian national.

Dec 18, 2013

U.S.’ Kerry voices ‘regret’ to India over diplomat case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called a top Indian official and voiced regret about the case of an Indian diplomat strip-searched after her arrest last week in New York on charges including visa fraud, the State Department said on Wednesday.

Kerry’s call to Indian National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon, disclosed by the U.S. State Department, aimed to defuse a diplomatic crisis sparked by the December 12 arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade on charges of visa fraud and underpaying her nanny, an Indian national.

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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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