US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in an attempt to save negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.
Lieberman (left) and Kerry (right) before their meeting. Photo Credit: CNN/Channel 2
After the Prime Minister’s office expressed disappointment with US Secretary of State John Kerry placing blame on Israel for the crisis in the negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Kerry met in Washington in attempt to save the stalled negotiations process.
Before the meeting, the two spoke with the media and emphasized that both Israel and the Palestinians want peace. “We are engaged in the security of Israel all the time,” said Kerry. “We have an unbreakable friendship.” “Recently we spoke several times about the issues related to the negotiations and I am very happy,” said Kerry. “We are working hard in an attempt to find the way forward. Both sides say they they want to progress in the talks and we obviously want that to happen.” He said that he and Israeli Foreign Minister Lieberman have more topics to talk about, “such as Iran and the challenges of its nuclear program.
“Every unilateral step only hurts efforts.”
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on his part expressed his appreciation for Kerry’s “efforts and commitment to the State of Israel in an effort to resolve the dispute with the Palestinians.” Lieberman also said that Israel has the desire to achieve a solution and that “this is not lip service. We expect the same attitude from the Palestinians. Every unilateral step only harms efforts to reach an agreement.”