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Abbas Meets US Leaders Ahead of Peace Deadline

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas "to make the tough decisions that will be necessary'' before an April 29 deadline for a peace deal with Israel.

Mr. Abbas is scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama Monday, nearly two weeks after the U.S. leader met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Last month, Secretary Kerry and President Abbas met in Paris for intense diplomatic talks on the effort.

The framework would create the basis for discussion of the key issues: the creation of a Palestinian state, Israeli settlements in the West Bank, security and the status of Jerusalem.

Mr. Abbas has refused to recognize Israel as a Jewish state -- one of Mr. Netanyahu's major demands for a peace deal.



Kerry brought Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table in July after a three-year gap.

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