Kerry meets Israel's PM to push peace talks


kerry netanyahuU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his latest push for Mideast peace.

Continuing a furious pace of shuttle diplomacy, Kerry was meeting Netanyahu Friday morning in his ninth trip of the year to the region amid a rare snowstorm that blanketed Jerusalem.

Concerned that a final status agreement may not be possible by the May target the two sides accepted when they resumed talks in August, U.S. officials say Kerry is hoping for a framework accord that would contain the principles of a comprehensive pact, but not specific details. If an outline were achieved, the negotiations could be extended beyond the nine-month timeline originally set by Kerry.

Kerry met Thursday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He departs later Friday for Vietnam.

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