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Kerry To Meet Netanyahu For In-Depth Talks On Final Status Negotiations

US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Jerusalem on Sunday to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The purpose of the visit it to have an in-depth discussion with Netanyahu on the final status negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, following on Kerry's meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in London last Monday.

They will also focus on developments in Syria, the US State Department said in a press release on Friday.

Two rounds of Israeli-Palestinian direct final status talks in the last two months could not bring about any breakthrough in the years-old dispute.

The first round of Israeli-Palestinian direct final status talks held in Washington had set an objective to achieve a final status agreement over the course of the next nine months.

Kerry, who mediated the talks between the two sides, had promised that "the United States will work continuously with both parties as a facilitator every step of the way."

It was Kerry, who did the groundwork to bring the two rival parties around a table to talk. He made six official visits to the Middle East in the last six months in an effort to restart the negotiations.

The Obama administration has succeeded in its immediate goal to resume permanent status negotiations that lead to an enduring solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which is, two states for two peoples as the majority of Israelis and Palestinians clearly want.

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