Home > News > World
Thursday February 20, 2014 MYT 7:45:02 PM
Thursday February 20, 2014 MYT 7:45:51 PM
PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet again on Thursday after spending more than two hours discussing Israeli-Palestinian peace the day before, a senior U.S. official said.
"They had an in-depth discussion about the core issues and agreed that it would be beneficial to continue that discussion today," said the senior U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, adding that the two would meet in the afternoon.
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks resumed on July 29 after a nearly three-year break. At the time, Kerry said: "Our objective will be to achieve a final status agreement over the course of the next nine months."
As that deadline has approached, U.S. officials appear to have scaled back their ambitions, saying they are trying to forge a "framework for negotiations" as a first step though they still hope to hammer out a full agreement by April 29.
Such a framework could sketch the outlines of an accord to resolve the more than six-decade-old dispute, whose main issues include borders, security, the fate of Palestinian refugees and the status of Jerusalem.
(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Alistair Lyon)
Thai king meets PM, ministers easing health concerns
Under Modi, Israel and India forge deeper business ties
Iran, powers set to miss nuclear talks deadline, seek extension
Italy regional votes to test public mood on Renzi
UPDATE 4-Tunisians vote for first freely elected president of post-Ben Ali era
Zimbabwe's Mugabe tightens grip on party, to choose successor
France just could not contain Federer and Wawrinka
Exploring the latest developments in fighting Alzheimer’s
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)