World Bulletin/News Desk
US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki has said there was “an agreement between parties to resume final status negotiations” regarding the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
In Monday’s briefing, Psaki said Kerry’s July 19 announcement was “a very important first step” adding “right now we are pursuing the way forward. There had been a great deal of work, compromise and sacrifice leading to this point."
“There are only a limited number of parties who know the true details of what was agreed,” she said.
Psaki said that the talks were going to be held in Washington in the coming weeks but no certain date was set to begin the talks yet.
Kerry finalizes negotiations team
Secretary of State John Kerry is finalizing his team to help shepherd Middle East peace talks and take on the heavy lifting on a day to day basis, a U.S. official said Monday.
The top U.S. diplomat was now “focused on putting together the right combination of players to work with the parties,” she said, adding no decision on a negotiator or envoy had been made.
Psaki said the talks are “going to be a challenging process. (Kerry) can’t carry it all on his own shoulders day in and day out. And that’s why he’s looking to put together a senior team.”