Kerry to consult Israelis, Palestinians on Friday

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By MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A U.S. official says Secretary of State John Kerry will consult with Israeli and Palestinian leaders on Friday before ending his current visit to the Middle East and returning to the United States.

The official said late Thursday that the debate over Kerry's plans to relaunch stalled peace talks is both "appropriate and encouraging" but made no mention of an announcement of new negotiations. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss Kerry's plans publicly.

Kerry is currently in Jordan and could possibly stop in the Palestinian Authority or Israel on his way home, but the official gave no indication of how the secretary would consult with the two sides. He could speak to the parties by phone before returning to the U.S.

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