Kerry Meets With Livni, Returning to Mideast Soon

ROME (Reuters) -

Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday he would return to the Middle East later this month for talks with PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, as he seeks to revive peace talks.

“I will be traveling back to Israel to meet with both Prime Minister Netanyahu as well as President Abbas around the 21st or 22nd of this month,” Kerry told reporters as he sat down for talks with Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who has special responsibility for peace talks within the Israeli cabinet.

Kerry is expected to meet separately with Netanyahu and Abbas.

“I think it is fair to say that we are working through threshold questions and we are doing it with a seriousness of purpose that I think Minister Livni would agree with me has not been present in a while,” Kerry said of his recent talks with Israeli, Palestinian and other Arab officials.

“We all believe that we are working with a short time span. We understand the imperative to try to have some sense of direction as rapidly as we can,” Kerry added.