Kerry in Jordan, seeking to boost Middle East peace hopes
US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived on Thursday in the Jordanian capital, Amman, in a bid to breathe new life into the faltering Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, dpa reported.
Kerry, on the latest leg of a major regional tour, was to discuss with King Abdullah and Jordanian officials the growing problems in the peace negotiations, which were relaunched in July.
Kerry was also expected to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to urge him to push on with the negotiations and reach a May 2014 deadline for a final settlement.
The visit comes a day after a series of separate meetings between Kerry and Israeli and Palestinian officials, who expressed growing doubt over the outcome of the negotiations.
While in Amman, Kerry was also expected to discuss efforts to reach a political solution to Syria's 31-month conflict, which has driven more than 600,000 refugees into Jordan.
He was scheduled to leave Jordan for the United Arab Emirates later on Thursday.