'No breakthrough' on Mideast peace process: Palestinian negotiator
US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to the press with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas following their meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah (Abbas Momani / AFP)
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Palestine's top negotiator said Sunday that no breakthrough in the Middle East peace process had been made, despite US Secretary of State John Kerry's vigorous efforts.
Kerry has visited the region five times since he took office and has shuttled between Ramallah and Jerusalem for the last three days in a bid to push Israel and Palestine to the negotiating table.
"It was a positive and profound meeting with president (Mahmud) Abbas but there has been no breakthrough so far and there is still a gap between the Palestinian and Israeli positions," chief negotiator Saeb Erakat told a news conference, as quoted by AFP.
The apparent failure comes a day after reports in the Israeli media suggested that a four-way peace summit could be held in Amman, Jordan as soon as this week, featuring the US, Jordan, Israel and Palestine.
Palestine and Israel broke off peace negotiations in 2008 and remain at odds in their proposed starting positions in any peace negotiations for a two-state solution.
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