Kerry Headed Back to Middle East

Secretary will travel to Asia after meeting with Israeli and Palestinian officials.

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives to deliver the keynote address at the 10th Anniversary Saban Forum, Power Shifts: US-Israel Relations in a Dynamic Middle East, in Washington on December 7, 2013.
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Jordain Carney
Dec. 10, 2013, 3:28 a.m.

Sec­ret­ary of State John Kerry will fly to Is­rael on Wed­nes­day to meet with Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Net­an­yahu on on­go­ing ne­go­ti­ations with the Palestini­ans.

The stop in Jer­u­s­alem is part of an eight-day trip to the Middle East and Asia, State De­part­ment spokes­wo­man Jen Psaki said on Monday.

Kerry will then travel to Ramal­lah to meet with Palestini­an Pres­id­ent Mah­moud Ab­bas. The an­nounce­ment fol­lows com­ments from Yass­er Abed Rabbo, a seni­or Palestine Lib­er­a­tion Or­gan­iz­a­tion of­fi­cial, that the United States is us­ing the ne­go­ti­ations to smooth Is­raeli con­cerns over the re­cent in­ter­im agree­ment on Ir­an’s nuc­le­ar pro­gram — which Is­raeli of­fi­cials have heav­ily cri­ti­cized.

The sec­ret­ary of State was in the re­gion last week, but Psaki noted that he be­lieves that it is “an im­port­ant time in the ne­go­ti­ations, and he felt it was im­port­ant to re­turn to the re­gion.”

Fol­low­ing his meet­ings, Kerry will travel to Vi­et­nam, where he will fo­cus on how the U.S. and Vi­et­nam can work to­geth­er on cli­mate change and en­ergy is­sues, as well on strength­en­ing the re­la­tion­ship

Kerry will fin­ish his trip in the Phil­ip­pines, where he will hold meet­ings with seni­or of­fi­cials on a hand­ful of is­sues and view the dam­age left by a su­per typhoon that hit the is­land na­tion last month.


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