Kerry to meet Israeli chief peace negotiator in London: US

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet later Thursday with Israel`s chief peace negotiator Tzipi Livni in London, a US official said.

AFP| Last Updated: May 15, 2014, 23:27 PM IST

London: US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet later Thursday with Israel`s chief peace negotiator Tzipi Livni in London, a US official said.

It comes a day after the top US diplomat met here with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in the wake of the collapse last month of Kerry`s dogged bid to broker a peace deal.

"Secretary Kerry will have an informal meeting with Israeli Justice Minister Livni this afternoon," a senior State Department official said.

The Israeli minister is in London for a previously scheduled trip, and US officials have been keen to downplay any hopes of a breakthrough in the stymied peace process.

On Wednesday Kerry -- who is the British capital for talks on Syria -- stressed to Abbas that the fate of the talks lies in the hands of the Israelis and Palestinians.

Kerry "reiterated the need for any Palestinian government to recognise Israel, commit to non-violence, and abide by previous agreements," a US official said in a statement.

He also "urged both sides to refrain from unhelpful steps".
Kerry coaxed the Israelis and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table in July after a three-year hiatus, and both sides agreed to keep talking for nine months.
But the April 29 deadline expired with the peace process in disarray, forcing Kerry and his team to declare a "pause" in the negotiations.