Kerry visits Israel to push for framework agreement

Jerusalem, Jan 3: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Israel Thursday to push forward the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Kerry, visiting the region for the 10th time in last 9 months, will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in hope of achieving a framework agreement that would include an outline for a final agreement, Xinhua reported.

Kerry was scheduled to meet Netanyahu Thursday evening and Friday afternoon and with Abbas Friday evening and Saturday morning.

He will return for an additional meeting with Netanyahu Saturday night and may hold more meetings with the two Sunday if there is any development over the weekend. From Israel he would move on to Jordan Sunday.

Kerry is not expecting a breakthrough but hopes to get some agreements on the guidelines to be included in a final peace agreement, The Jerusalem Post quoted an official from the US State Department as saying.

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