Kerry to Meet Abbas in Jordan; No Planned Israel Visit

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The Jerusalem Post reports: U.S.Secretary of State John Kerry Kerry, who arrived in Jordan on Saturday, is expected to hold talks in Amman with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday. No trip to Israel is planned.

Kerry, accompanied by the special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations Frank Lowenstein, will meet with Jordanian King Abdullah and other officials to discuss “ongoing security issues in the region,” including the fight against Islamic State, the civil war in Syria, “and continued tensions between Israel and the Palestinians,” the State Department said.

Deputy State Department spokesman Mark Toner said on Friday he had no explanation as to why Kerry was not coming to Israel, saying only that “he’s certainly open to traveling to Israel sometime in the future.”

Israeli officials said they had no information of a planned visit.

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