Israel, Palestinians agree to intensify talks, greater U.S. role

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Posted: Sep 25, 2013 2:49 PM
Israel, Palestinians agree to intensify talks, greater U.S. role

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to intensify their peace talks with greater participation by the United States, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.

"We have agreed now, in the last week, when I have met with both (Palestinian) President (Mahmoud) Abbas and (Israeli) Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu, we have agreed now to intensify these talks," Kerry said at the United Nations. "And we have agreed that the American participation should be increased somewhat in order to try to help facilitate (that)."

(Reporting By Arshad Mohammed; editing by Christopher Wilson)