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Kerry sees ‘opportunity’ in Gaza ceasefire, urges search for common ground

Reuters

July 31, 2014 | 3:32 pm

<em>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announces a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas on Aug. 1. Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters</em>

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announces a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas on Aug. 1. Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday called the 72-hour ceasefire agreed to by Israel and Hamas in their conflict in the Gaza Strip a "lull of opportunity" and said it was imperative that the sides make their best efforts to find common ground.

Kerry said Egypt's foreign minister will invite the Gaza ceasefire parties to take part in "serious" negotiations in Cairo and that the United States plans to send a small delegation to the talks.

"This is a lull of opportunity," Kerry told reporters. "... It is imperative people make the best effort to try to find common ground."

Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Writing by Will Dunham; Editing by Jim Loney

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