US says ‘likely’ to take part in Gaza talks

The United States says it expects to participate in Cairo talks between Israelis and Palestinians aimed at securing a lasting ceasefire in Gaza.

“I think it is likely we will be participating in these talks,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki tells reporters. “We are determining at what level and in what capacity and when.”

When asked if the two sides had sought a US presence at the negotiating table, Psaki says: “I think our effort and our engagement on this process from the beginning has been welcomed by the parties.”

“I think our engagement over the past 10 days has built and led to the point we reached last night,” Psaki says mentioning US Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts on the issue, both in the region and from Washington.


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