US Secretary of State John Kerry pictured in the Qatari capital Doha on March 5, 2013
US Secretary of State John Kerry pictured during a joint press conference with Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheik Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani at Wajbah Palace in the Qatari capital Doha on March 5, 2013. Kerry will meet separately with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday in a push to revive talks between the sides. © Jacquelyn Martin - Pool/AFP/File
US Secretary of State John Kerry pictured in the Qatari capital Doha on March 5, 2013
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Last updated: March 23, 2013

Kerry to meet Abbas and Netanyahu

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet separately with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday in a push to revive talks between the sides.

A senior US official said Kerry will meet Abbas at his Amman residence in the afternoon and then return to Jerusalem to speak with Netanyahu in the evening, "to continue the conversations they started with President (Barack) Obama and the secretary earlier this week."

Kerry accompanied Obama on a four-day visit to the region, during which the two met top Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Jerusalem and Ramallah.

During his visit Obama did not bring to a visible breakthrough in the impasse between the Israelis and Palestinians, who have not been engaged in direct talks for over two years.

Kerry will be Obama's new pointman on the Middle East, as part of the renewed US efforts to push the sides back to negotiations.

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