German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier briefs the press following a meeting with his Greek counterpart at the foreign ministry in Athens on January 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI
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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will travel to Israel and the Palestinian territories next week to lend backing to nascent peace efforts, a spokesman said Friday.Ahead of a planned trip to Israel by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in late February, Steinmeier will visit Jerusalem Sunday and Monday for talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, ministry spokesman Sebastian Fischer told reporters. Steinmeier will also see Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Israel's chief peace negotiator, and opposition leader Isaac Herzog before meeting Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Ramallah, Fischer added.
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