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Kerry to Meet with Palestinian President

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting in Amman, Jordan Friday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for talks on reviving Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

Kerry held talks Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over a working dinner in Jerusalem. Earlier Thursday, Mr. Netanyahu said Israel will not waiver on its security concerns.

Secretary Kerry has been shuttling between Jerusalem and Jordan's capital, Amman, in hopes of jumpstarting Middle East peace talks, which have been at an impasse in recent years.

Earlier Thursday, Kerry met with Jordan's King Abdullah in Amman.

In Amman, Kerry said Mr. Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas share "a serious commitment of purpose." But the top U.S. diplomat warned that both leaders will be tested by those who do not want peace talks to succeed.

On Wednesday, Israel announced plans to build dozens of new housing units in an East Jerusalem settlement, triggering anger from some Palestinian officials. Israeli settlement construction has been a stumbling block in Middle East peace talks.

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