Kerry Says More Work Needed After Mideast Peace Progress

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wound up three days of shuttling between Israeli and Palestinian leaders today saying more talks were needed to end a three-year impasse in peace efforts.

“We have had very positive discussions, very important discussions, for the last few days,” Kerry told reporters after meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. “We agreed we have made real progress, but we have a few things we need to work on.”

The top U.S. diplomat went back and forth between Amman, Jerusalem and Ramallah, meeting three times each with Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Talks stalled over continued Israeli settlement construction. The Palestinians have refused to resume negotiations unless construction in areas they claim for a future state halts. Israel says there should be no conditions for renewing talks toward an accord.

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