Kerry holds 'constructive' talks with Palestinians

A masked Palestinian militant in Gaza during a rally celebrating the Egypt-mediated ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, September 2, 2014US Secretary of State John Kerry met for over two hours with Palestinian negotiators for “constructive” talks on future relations with Israel, a US official said. The talks come just days after Israel announced its biggest grab of Palestinian land since the 1980s, and as a new showdown looms at the United Nations with the increasingly frustrated Palestinians planning to push a resolution setting a three-year deadline to end the Israeli occupation. It was Kerry’s first face-to-face talks with Palestinian negotiators since Washington found itself sidelined from the Gaza ceasefire talks in July, when the top US diplomat failed to broker a truce in the war between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

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