Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas (R) meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry for their second round of talks in two days on February 20, 2014 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / THE PALESTINIAN PRESIDENCY /THAER GHANAIM
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Ideas proposed by US Secretary of State John Kerry to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas cannot "serve as the basis for a framework accord" with Israel, a Palestinian official said Friday.US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro said on Friday that he expected Palestinian recognition of Israel's Jewish character to be part of that framework.The US State Department described the Paris meetings on Wednesday and Thursday as "constructive", and said Kerry and Abbas had agreed to stay in touch in the coming weeks.Kerry, who pushed the Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table after a three-year gap, has no immediate plans to travel back to Israel or the West Bank after making 11 trips during his first year in office.
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