Kerry extends his shuttle diplomacy in Middle East
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday prolonged his peace mission to the Middle East to conduct more talks with Israelis and Palestinians, dpa reported.
He had planned to travel Sunday to the United Arab Emirates, but that trip was cancelled, the US government said.
Kerry has sought since he became the top US diplomat in February to bring Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanjahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas back to the negotiating table after nearly three years without talks.
The US government made no comment on the status of Kerry's efforts on his fifth visit to the region this year, but Jordan's Ad-Dastur newspaper cited unnamed Palestinian sources as saying that Kerry was near a breakthrough and would soon announce the first summit meeting between Netanyahu and Abbas.
The United States and Jordan would also take part in that meeting, the newspaper said.
Kerry has been commuting since Thursday between Amman and Jerusalem, where he held two meetings with Netanyahu. On Saturday, he held his second meeting with Abbas in 24 hours in Amman.
Palestinian sources who spoke to dpa in Ramallah contradicted the Ad-Dastur report, saying Kerry had won no concessions from Netanyahu that would pave the way for Abbas' return to talks. To do so without concessions would be "political suicide," they said.
In the meantime, Abbas returned to Ramallah from the Jordanian capital, they said.
The US State Department said Kerry would meet with Abbas again Sunday morning in Amman and have a working dinner with Netanyahu in the evening.