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Kerry to return next week to Middle East
Kerry to return next week to Middle East to prod Israel, Palestinians to forge peace deal
Associated Press
2013-12-29 06:01 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry will return to the Middle East next week to continue prodding Israel and the Palestinians to forge a long-elusive peace deal.

The State Department said Kerry is to leave on New Year's Day for Israel and the Palestinian territories, where he will discuss ongoing negotiations with leaders from both sides.

The parties re-launched direct talks over the summer with the goal of forging an accord within nine months.

The target date expires at the end of April, and there has been little if any tangible sign of progress so far.

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