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Saturday
Jan042014

Kerry Meets with Palestinian President Saturday

Photo by Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(RAMALLAH, West Bank) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Ramallah on Saturday to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

After meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benajmin Netanyahu on Friday, Kerry hoped to inspire progress in peace talks during his latest Middle East trip.

Kerry said on Saturday that he was "working with great intensity, with serious purpose, with a commitment to trying to resolve this conflict that has gone on for many years too long."

The secretary of state hoped to "narrow differences on a framework that will set guidelines for negotiations." On Friday, Netanyahu said at a joint press conference that he doubted whether the Palestinian leaders were committed to peace.

Despite Netanyahu openly questioning Palestinian motivations, Kerry insisted that he did not make the trip with the intent to "impose U.S. ideas." Instead, Kerry said, he hoped to "facilitate the ideas of both parties."

On Sunday morning, Kerry told reporters that progress was being made between both sides after the last three days of peace talks but that there was still a possibility that no accord would be reached yet. "This has been a productive couple of days," Kerry said. 

Although the Israelis and Palestinians have been talking, their differences are significant, including figuring out the borders of a potential Palestinian state, the future of East Jerusalem and the ongoing dispute about Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Kerry is on his 10th trip to the Middle East in just over one year.

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