Kerry in Jordan for new round of Mideast diplomacy

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By MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is launching a new round of Middle East diplomacy as he tries to prevent crises in Egypt and Syria from overtaking his bid to restart stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Kerry arrived in Jordan on Tuesday on his sixth official trip to the region in as many months as secretary. However unlike his previous visits he had no plans to travel to Israel or the Palestinian Authority.

Instead, he will brief Arab League foreign ministers on his efforts to get the two sides back to negotiations, and discuss developments in Egypt and Syria.

In Amman, Kerry will also see Jordan's king and foreign minister and hopes to have dinner with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

He is due to return to the U.S. on Thursday.

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