Kerry to offer outline of Mideast peace deal

US State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf that John Kerry would present a framework of Israel-Palestine peace deal.

Kerry to offer outline of Mideast peace deal

World Bulletin / News Desk

The US Secretary of State John Kerry will present a framework for final-status agreement between Israel and Palestinians during his visit to the region on January 1, 2014.

State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf replied questions during a daily press briefing regarding Secretary Kerry’s new trip to Jerusalem and Ramallah which begins on Wednesday.

Stating that Kerry would hold meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Harf said that Kerry would present a framework of Israel-Palestine peace deal.

“During this trip, the secretary will discuss with both leaders the proposed framework for negotiations. As we’ve said, this framework would serve as guidelines for the permanent status negotiations and would address all the core issues,” she said.

Highlighting that the framework would be a step in the efforts to achieve the permanent status agreement, she said it is not clear whether any agreement would be reached on this framework during the trip.

The borders between Israel and Palestine, future of Palestinian refugees, security arrangements as well as claims to the city of Jerusalem are some of the core issues.

Direct peace talks between Israel and Palestine resumed in Washington in July after a pause of almost three years. The US is seeking to broker an agreement on a “two-state solution”.

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