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Kerry to Discuss Egypt, Syria in Talks with Arab Officials

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry steps off his plane upon his arrival at the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan, July 16, 2013. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry steps off his plane upon his arrival at the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan, July 16, 2013.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry steps off his plane upon his arrival at the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan, July 16, 2013.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry steps off his plane upon his arrival at the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan, July 16, 2013.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Jordan for talks with Arab League officials on rising tensions in Egypt and deteriorating conditions in Syria.

Kerry arrived Tuesday and is scheduled to meet first with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh.

Officials say the talks will focus mostly on Egypt, which has seen several rounds of deadly clashes since the military ousted former President Mohamed Morsi earlier this month. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns has been in Egypt meeting with the country's interim leaders.

Kerry is also scheduled to have dinner late Tuesday in the Jordanian capital with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Kerry has made reviving stalled peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians one of his top priorities.

Watch related video by VOA's Scott Stearns in Amman, Jordan

Kerry Returns to Mideast Pushing for Israeli/Palestinian Talksi
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July 16, 2013 2:34 PM
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is back in the Middle East, trying to get Israeli and Palestinian leaders to return to peace talks on a two-state solution. Talks last collapsed in 2010 over continued Israeli settlement building on land it occupied in 1967. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns has the story from the Jordanian capital, Amman.

The trip is Kerry's sixth to the region since since becoming secretary of state earlier this year.

Kerry said talks late last month with the Israelis and the Palestinians produced what he called real progress, but he is not planning to meet with Israeli officials during this trip.

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