Arab League Chief Claims Kerry Thwarted Strong French Initiative

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens during a panel discussion at the Anti-Corruption Summit in London, Thursday, May 12, 2016.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool)
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The Jerusalem Post reports: US Secretary of State John Kerry prevented France from successfully launching a strong new peace initiative last week that could have impacted the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi said on Monday.

Kerry was “definitely not enthusiastic” about the June 3 Paris summit, he said and added that the American administration did not play a proactive role in the summit.

The summit, which brought together representatives from 29 countries and international entities such as the UN, was expected to issue a strong statement about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

When the summit convened it had hoped to have in its hand a much touted Quartet report about about the conflict. But disagreement over the language in the report, including US objectives, delayed its publication and it has yet to be issued.

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