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John Kerry and Mahmoud Abbas meet to discuss Israel-Palestine tension

The US Secretary of State met with the Palestinian leader to reiterate his commitment to peace in the region. The meeting comes after months of violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

In his meeting with the Palestinian president on Sunday, Kerry emphasized his desire to achieve a two-state solution to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

He also used the occasion to address the wave of violence that began in early October continues to stir the region. Twenty-seven Israelis, as well as an American and an Eritrean, have been killed in a spate of attacks by Palestinian civilians. Meanwhile, 176 Palestinians - many but not all of them attackers - have been killed by Israeli forces.

"The Secretary continued to urge for calm and a decrease in violence, incitement and inflammatory rhetoric," State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.

Kerry and Abbas met in Jordan, where the secretary of state was also set to meet King Abdullah II to discuss the ongoing war against the so-called Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.

blc/bw (AFP, Reuters)

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