Israeli ban on Palestinian contact 'unfortunate,' US says

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman (L) arrive to speak to the media prior to meetings at the State Department in Washington on April 9, 2014Washington on Wednesday denounced as “unfortunate” an order from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to limit his cabinet’s contacts with their Palestinian counterparts. We regard it as unfortunate,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, as her boss John Kerry met with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Netanyahu ordered ministers to limit contact with their Palestinian counterparts in response to “the Palestinian violation of their commitments under peace talks,” an Israeli official told AFP.

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