John Kerry the U.S. Secretary of State lengthened his stay in the Middle East to meet with Mahmoud Abbas the Palestinian President for the second time in a 24-hour time span. The meeting will take place in Amman, the capital of Jordan, said Mohammad Mustafa, the Palestinian Deputy Prime Minister.
Kerry is now staying in the area until Friday and meets with Abbas on Thursday in Jordan said Mustafa.
The incessant efforts of Kerry last June to bring back the two parties to the negotiating table following three years of no talks, led to the talks resuming in Washington last July.
Yesterday, Kerry met in Bethlehem City on the West Bank with Abbas and held two other separate meetings with Benjamin Netanyahu the Prime Minister of Israel.
Netanyahu complained that the Palestinians created crisis to block the negotiations from progressing. While at the same time, the Palestinians blamed the Israelis for repeatedly announcing the construction of new housing in the Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
On Wednesday, Kerry reiterated that the U.S. position for settlement activities in Israel were not legitimate and called up both side to stick to the negotiations of the past three months.
Mustafa said that the Palestinians were upset with the way Israel deals with negotiations and wanted the Americans to take a more decisive position so the talks can be speeded up.
The top diplomat for the U.S. also met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Thursday.
When Kerry arrived in Israel on Tuesday, his plan was to advance the talks between the Palestinians and Israel.
This visit is Kerry’s eighth trip to the region since he became the Secretary of State. After his meetings with both Netanyahu and Abbas, he announced he wanted to remain until Friday to try to speed up the process and get the negotiations back on track.
Kerry and the U.S. want the two sides to make compromises so the negotiations lead to a peace accord that is long overdue between both sides.