U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that talks between the Palestinians and Israelis have been difficult so far, warning that if they fail there will be violence in the region, Xinhua reported.
Speaking at a press conference in Amman, Jordan, Kerry told reporters there is no alternative to peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis, stressing that the alternative to peace will be more conflict in the region.
"Palestinians and Israelis need to take peace talks seriously... In spite of obstacles, talks have been difficult but also productive," said the U.S. official, who is charged with mediating between the two sides.
On Syria, Kerry said the U.S. administration was working closely with Russia to end the crisis in the country.
Kerry said he seeks to address the crisis during the Geneva II conference, which will be held within the coming days, stressing that the situation in Syria has serious consequences on the entire Middle East region.
Kerry is scheduled to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman later on Thursday.