Kerry weighs options on Middle East talks
(Rabat) – US Secretary of State John Kerry has said he would “evaluate” the next steps in the Middle East peace process with President Barack Obama, warning there are “limits” to Washington’s time. “This is not open-ended,” Kerry told a news conference in Rabat, Morocco, adding that it was “reality check” time after negative Israeli and Palestinian moves.
Kerry urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to prevent the negotiations from collapsing before their scheduled end on April 29. He said it was regrettable that both sides had taken steps recently that were not helpful in promoting peace and ending the decades-long conflict between the two sides.
He plans to return to Washington after a lengthy trip to Europe and the Middle East. Kerry has been conducting more than a year of intensive shuttle diplomacy trying to broker Israeli-Palestinian peace.