Abbas briefs senior Palestinian officials on Kerry meeting

July 18, 2013 16:27

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas began briefing fellow PLO leaders in Ramallah Thursday on his meetings this week with US Secretary of State John Kerry, who has extended his stay in the region and appears to be hoping for some movement toward talks.

Mahmoud Al-Aloul, an official with Fatah, sounded a pessimistic note to reporters after initial consultations. "With the current formula, matters are not encouraging. But no decision has been made," he said.Aloul did not elaborate but appeared to be alluding to reports Kerry's formula lacked any mention of stopping settlement construction and that they would agree to Kerry saying they would recognize Israel as Jewish state. 

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