US Secretary of State John Kerry met in Ramallah Thursday with Palestinian
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and discussed with him ways of resuming the
peace talks with Israel.
As Kerry arrived in Ramallah, dozens of
Palestinians staged a protest outside Abbas’s office, condemning Washington’s
“bias” in favor of Israel.
The protesters also condemned US military
support for Israel. Some carried placards denouncing US “policies that back the
occupation and its crimes.”
One placard, with Kerry’s portrait, read:
“Kerry, we don’t trust you and America.”
In his visits to the region, Kerry is also trying to put together an economic package for the Palestinians to go alongside the US political initiative.
European diplomats, in meetings with Palestinian leaders, have been trying to steer them away from any notion the European Union might present a peace plan of its own. British Foreign Secretary of William Hague was also due to hold talks with Netanyahu and Abbas later on Thursday.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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