Kerry heads to Israel for Mideast peace talks
POSTED: Monday, March 31, 2014 - 6:22am
UPDATED: Monday, March 31, 2014 - 3:59pm
(CNN) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is traveling to Israel on Monday as part of the latest efforts to forge a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
Kerry is flying from Paris -- where he had discussed the Ukraine crisis with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov over the weekend -- into Tel Aviv with possible meetings in Jerusalem and Ramallah over the next day, a senior State Department official said.
Kerry tried to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process eight months ago, aiming to get a deal leading to the two states coexisting peacefully.
So far, the process has included a series of meetings along with incremental steps intended to build trust, such as prisoner releases. However, Kerry's initial goal of an agreement by the end of the April has morphed into a possible framework for further talks through the end of 2014.