Kerry arrives in Israel, will return after Jordan trip
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Kerry arrives in Israel, will return after Jordan trip

Secretary to accompany the president here from Wednesday; will come back to Jerusalem on Saturday night to meet again with Netanyahu

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a news conference at Ankara Palace in Ankara, Turkey, March 1, 2013 (photo credit: AP/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)
US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a news conference at Ankara Palace in Ankara, Turkey, March 1, 2013 (photo credit: AP/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

US Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Israel Tuesday afternoon, a day ahead of the arrival of US President Barack Obama. Kerry will accompany Obama on his visit from Wednesday and depart with him to Jordan on Friday, but will return to Israel on Saturday night for an additional meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Kerry’s arrival caused heavy traffic jams due to the closure of the main road from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

On Wednesday, Kerry will join the president in his meetings in Jerusalem and will go with Obama on Thursday to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

Kerry is being accompanied by his senior adviser for Middle East affairs, Frank Lowenstein, and David Hale, the US special envoy for Middle East Peace.

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