Kerry meeting with Palestinian president

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By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for the second time in two days as he continues a rushed round of shuttle diplomacy to restart talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Kerry flew to Amman, Jordan, in a helicopter Saturday morning to meet with Abbas at the same place they had lunch on Friday. He's flying back to Jerusalem later in the day for more talks with Israeli officials.

Kerry is trying to coax both sides to restart talks, which broke down in 2008, and negotiate a two-state solution to their long-running conflict.

Kerry added a stop in Abu Dhabi to his two-week swing through the Mideast and Asia, then canceled it because of his ongoing meetings on the Mideast peace process.

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