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Kerry cites some progress in Mideast diplomacy
Kerry cites some diplomatic progress as he shuttles between Palestinian, Israeli leaders
By DEB RIECHMANN
Associated Press
2014-01-05 03:01 AM

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is citing some progress as a result of his Mideast shuttle diplomacy.

He says "we are not there yet, but we are making progress" toward a framework for a peace deal.

Kerry was in the West Bank on Saturday for a second day of talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (mahk-MOOD' ah-BAHS').

Kerry tells reporters that "we are working with great intensity and serious purpose with a commitment to resolve this conflict."

Next up is a meeting later Saturday in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Kerry is trying to nudge the leaders closer to a peace pact that would establish a Palestinian state and set a framework to guide talks for a final settlement in the decades-long dispute.

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