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Kerry announces visit to Jerusalem and Ramallah

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November 27, 2013 | 1:16 pm

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Nov. 25. Photo by Carolyn Kaster/Reuters

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Nov. 25. Photo by Carolyn Kaster/Reuters

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Kerry will visit Brussels, Chisinau, Jerusalem and Ramallah from Dec. 3 to Dec. 6, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said Wednesday.

In Jerusalem, Kerry will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and they will discuss several issues, including the interim agreement on Iran’s nuclear program and Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, according to the State Department.

Kerry will meet with P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, where they will discuss the peace negotiations, and other issues, the State Department said in a statement.

Earlier this month, Kerry postponed a scheduled trip to Israel which would have occurred before last weekend’s Geneva talks.  The postponement raised speculation that there was a rift between Washington and Jerusalem.

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