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Israel, Palestinians Agree On Peace Talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (left) meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas on July 19 in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (left) meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas on July 19 in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to return to direct peace talks that have been suspended since 2010.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made the announcement in the Jordanian capital, Amman, on July 19 during last-minute shuttle diplomacy between the two sides.

Kerry hailed the agreement as historic.

Kerry said the United States had received commitment form both sides to enter direct talks over final-status issues in order to bring an end to their decades-old conflict.

According to Kerry, Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat and Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni are set to open talks next week in Washington.

He praised Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for making "courageous choices" to return to the negotiation table.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters

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