Kerry briefs Arabs on peace bid, Egypt, Syria

AP News
Posted: Jul 17, 2013 4:45 AM

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is briefing senior Arab officials on his efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and on American views of the crises and Syria and Egypt.

On his sixth trip to the region in as many months as America's top diplomat, Kerry met Wednesday in Jordan with representatives of Arab League nations that support a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace plan proposed by Saudi Arabia.

The gathering came a day after Kerry had a five-hour dinner meeting in Amman with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. Officials said Kerry and Abbas discussed the way forward and economic developments. No further details were available.

Kerry said Tuesday that he wanted to visit a Syrian refugee camp during this trip, which is scheduled to end Thursday.