January 05, 2014
JERUSALEM (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Jordan and Saudi Arabia to discuss his effort to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians, yet his conversations with the U.S. allies will undoubtedly turn to other Mideast trouble spots.
Kerry leaves Jerusalem after three days of lengthy meetings with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (mahk-MOOD’ ah-BAHS’) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH’-hoo). America’s top diplomat is trying to nudge the two closer to signing an accord, setting up a Palestinian state alongside Israel. Kerry said Saturday that progress is being made, yet key hurdles are yet to be overcome.
Kerry’s talks on Sunday with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah are likely to touch on the war in Syria, rising violence in Iraq, and Iran’s nuclear program.