Kerry Announces ‘Basis’ For Resumption Of Mideast Peace Talks

Source: Michael R. Gordon and Jodi Ruddren / The New York Times

AMMAN, Jordan — Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that Israel and the Palestinian Authority had “established a basis” for resuming formal peace talks for the first time since 2010 and hoped to convene a meeting in Washington within a week or “very soon thereafter.”

Mr. Kerry said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, had made courageous decisions and he was “hopeful” that talks would resume.

Mr. Kerry said that if “everything goes as expected,” senior Israeli and Palestinian negotiators would join Mr. Kerry in Washington within the next week or so to begin initial talks. They would make a further announcement at that time.

Mr. Kerry said that the two sides had agreed that only he would make statements about the peace process until then. The diplomats to meet in Washington within the next week or so are Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator; Tzipi Livni, the Israeli justice minister, who is in charge of peace talks with the Palestinians; and Isaac Molho, a Netanyahu aide.

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