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Report: John Kerry to meet with president Abbas in Amman Wednesday

June 1, 2014 12:35 P.M. (Updated: June 3, 2014 10:14 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- United States Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to start a two-day visit to Jordan Wednesday where he will meet with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, Jordanian daily newspaper al-Arab al-Yawm reported Sunday.

The report quoted a "high-profile" Jordanian official as saying that Abbas and Kerry will discuss the currently suspended Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, the ongoing unity talks between Hamas and Fatah, and the expected unity government, among other issues.

Kerry will also meet with Jordanian officials, the newspaper quoted the official as saying.

Asked whether Kerry would leave Amman to Israel for a meeting with Israeli premier Netanyahu, the Jordanian official said that "preparations have been made so far for a visit to Amman, and any changes to the visit plans would be dependent on Kerry's meeting with president Abbas."

The meeting comes just over a month after US-led Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations fell apart after nearly nine months due to continued Israeli settlement construction and Israel's refusal to release a fourth group of Palestinian prisoners as previously promised.

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