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January 24, 2014 10:38 am

Kerry Doubts Framework Deal is Near on Peace Talks

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Secretary of State John Kerry with Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat (left) and Israeli negotiator Tzipi Livni (right) on July 30 in Washington, DC. Credit: State Department. Has U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry lost his trademark optimism regarding the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations?

In an interview with the Saudi-based Al Arabiya network on Thursday, Kerry was asked whether he felt a framework agreement between the two sides was imminent. Kerry responded that he doubted such a deal could be reached next month.

“My hope is we can achieve the framework for final status negotiations,” Kerry said. “But it’s very, very difficult and we have a lot of work to do.”

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