Kerry: Talks with Israel, Palestinians 'very productive'

May 24, 2013 13:54

TEL AVIV - US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that his shuttle talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders on prospects for reviving direct negotiations had been "very productive."

Speaking to reporters in Tel Aviv after two days of talks in Israel and the Palestinian territories, Kerry urged both sides to refrain from provocative actions "that take us backwards" and said they should focus instead on progress towards peace talks."We are reaching the time (where) leaders need to make hard decisions," Kerry said following separate meetings with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

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