RAMALLAH, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said here Thursday that he discussed with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas security arrangements and other long-term issues concerning a future peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
"We discussed with great length issues of security in the region. Security for the state of Israel and security for the future of Palestine," Kerry told reporters after meeting Abbas.
Kerry, who arrived Wednesday in the region, hoped to push forward the stuck negotiations he brokered between Ramallah and Jerusalem in July. The talks do not seem to make any progress as Palestinians criticize Israel for building settlements on lands that they plan to include in their future state.
Kerry hinted that some progress has been made in the ideas being discussed, but as it has been the pattern of this round of talks, he affirmed that there would be no public announcements about these ideas.
He stressed that the negotiations aim to create a viable Palestinian state living in peace and side by side with Israel, adding he will return to continue the discussion in about week.
Earlier Thursday, Kerry met with Abbas and other senior Palestinian officials for three hours. According to a well- informed source close to Abbas, Kerry presented his security vision in the framework of a future peace deal to the Palestinian president, also asking Abbas to study the plan and respond to it.
Before meeting Abbas, Kerry met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and briefed him on his security plan. According to Israel Radio, Kerry's plan maintains Israel's demand to defend itself and that Israel's security needs are of top priority in the negotiations with the Palestinians.