Kerry to meet Netanyahu, Abbas to talk peace

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas for another round of peace talks.

Kerry to meet Netanyahu, Abbas to talk peace

World Bulletin / News Desk

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet Thursday with US Secretary of State John Kerry, who arrived in Israel late on Wednesday for another round of peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel.

Kerry is then expected to travel to the West Bank city of Ramallah to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

According to The Jerusalem Post, a second meeting between Kerry and Netanyahu on Thursday evening is possible if deemed necessary.

Washington's top diplomat is expected to fly back to the US on Friday.

Talks between Israel and the Palestinians hit a snag recently following the announcement of new Jewish settlement plans in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian negotiators insist that Israeli settlement building must stop before a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian final-status agreement can be reached.

The visit is Kerry's first since a deal was reached between Iran and six world powers – the US, Britain, Russia, France, China and Germany – on Tehran's controversial nuclear program.

On November 23, the two sides penned a deal freezing Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for the partial lifting of Western sanctions.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Aralık 2013, 09:30