Sunday, April 21, 2013

 

Kerry pushes Turkey-Israel rapprochement


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Istanbul for talks with Turkish foreign minister and Palestinian president, aimed at improving ties between Turkey and Israel.



 Israel-Turkey relations: US Secretary of State John Kerry.

ISTANBUL — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is wrapping up a 24-hour visit to Istanbul with talks aimed at improving ties between Turkey and Israel and pushing ahead with Mideast peace efforts.

Syrian rebels aid: Secretary of State John Kerry, center, and members of the Friends of Syria group in Istanbul.American officials say Kerry will use meetings Sunday with Turkey's foreign minister and the Palestinian president to urge the Turks to make good on pledges to normalize relations with Israel and explore ways to relaunch peace talks between the Palestinians and Israelis.


Kerry pushes Israel and Turkey: John KerryPresident Barack Obama has made both issues foreign policy priorities for his second term. During a trip to Israel in February, Obama secured pledges from Turkey and Israel to restore badly strained ties.

Earlier Sunday in Istanbul, Kerry announced that the Obama administration is doubling its nonlethal assistance to the Syrian opposition to $250 million.

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