08/04/13 12:45 CET
| updated xx mn ago
| updated at xx
The US Secretary of State John Kerry took part in a remembrance ceremony in Jerusalem to mark Holocaust Day.
He is in the middle east trying to nudge both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict back to the negotiating table.
After recent claims that Obama’s administration might not have the same appetite for the peace process as, for example, Bill Clinton’s, this is Kerry’s third trip to the region in as many weeks.
A fortnight ago during President Obama’s visit Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu invited the Palestinians to resume talks ‘without preconditions.’
A prinicipal obstacle to progress has been Israel’s determination to build Jewish settlements on land vital to the Palestinians for their independent state.
Kerry met the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas at the weekend, but it appears discussions are still centred on how to create a positive climate for talks, rather than the content of the negotiations themselves.
Wires > News
- 03:19 CET Leader of Western Sahara independence movement dies after illness
- 02:27 CET Four dead in collapse at South Korea subway construction site
- 02:08 CET Japan PM to postpone sales tax rise, snap election off table for…
- 01:41 CET Airbus says EgyptAir strengthens case for ejectable ‘black boxes’
- 01:32 CET As Beijing flexes muscles in South China Sea, Malaysia eyes harder…
- 01:18 CET Combative Trump says he raised $5.6 million for vets, bashes media
- 23:58 CET UAE frees Canadian man acquitted of militancy, set to leave Weds
- 23:01 CET Philippines president-elect says won’t rely on United States