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Steinitz: Turkey can't substitute Israeli-Palestinian talks

International Relations Minister Yuval Steinitz rejected reports that the US will ask Turkey to act as a mediator between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, in an interview with Israel Radio Sunday morning.
Steinitz was responding to reports in the Turkish media that during US Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Istanbul - his second trip to Turkey in two months- he will offer the country a role in the Middle East diplomatic process.
Steinitz said he did not believe the reports to be true and stressed that there is no substitute for direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Moreover, he added that the Quartet on the Middle East closely follows issues surrounding the conflict.
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