Kerry in constructive Paris talks with Abbas
(Ramallah) – US Secretary of State John Kerry held “constructive” talks in Paris with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas meeting twice in less than 24 hours as they seek to hammer out a peace deal, a US official said. The two men met for two hours swapping Abbas’s Ramallah headquarters on the West Bank.
The top US diplomat has spent months trying to get the Israelis and the Palestinians to agree on a framework to guide talks towards a full peace treaty, but the negotiations have shown little sign of progress, with each side blaming the other.
Abbas and Kerry met “to continue their constructive conversations on a framework for negotiations,” a senior State Department official said, adding they agreed to stay in touch in the coming weeks.