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Kerry briefs Abbas on reviving Mideast peace talks

Updated: 2013-07-17 20:55
( Xinhua)

Kerry briefs Abbas on reviving Mideast peace talks
US Secretary of State John Kerry sits with Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki (L) as he meets with the Arab League Peace Initiative at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Amman, July 17, 2013. Kerry is due to meet on Wednesday with officials from Arab nations that he regards as essential to his push to get Israelis and Palestinians to resume peace talks.  [Photo/Agencies]

RAMALLAH - US Secretary of State John Kerry briefed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on his plan to restart peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel, a Palestinian official said Wednesday.

Kerry's plan envisages political, security and economical progress, with security and border issues topping its agenda, according to the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Kerry informed Abbas about his plan during a meeting last night in Amman, Jordan, on the sidelines of Kerry's sixth trip to the Middle East as U.S. secretary of state.

The last direct negotiations between the two sides were held in 2010, before the Palestinians walk out in protest at Israel's settlement activities.

The official added that the Palestinian Liberation Organization 's Executive Committee will meet Thursday to discuss the response to the plan.

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