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Kerry Heading To Israel To Update Netanyahu on Syria Deal

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive in Israel on Sunday, and he will update Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on developments in securing a deal for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons.

Over the weekend, Kerry will continue with talks in Geneva with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, in an attempt to confirm the Russian plan to remove Syria’s chemical weapons, and avert U.S. military action.

A senior U.S. State Department official told Haaretz that Kerry’s visit will deal with Syria, but also with peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Kerry will meet Sunday with Netanyahu in Jerusalem and after that with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

Kerry met Abbas in London last Sunday for a meeting that lasted a couple of hours.

Kerry and Lavrov said on Friday they hoped that talks on Syria’s chemical weapons would help revive an international plan for a “Geneva 2” conference to end the war in Syria.

Read more at Haaretz.com

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