17-04-2021 01:46 AM Jerusalem Timing

Kerry, Abbas to Hold Talks in Paris

Kerry, Abbas to Hold Talks in Paris

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is to pay a visit to Paris on Wednesday to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry.

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L), Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R)Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is to pay a visit to Paris on Wednesday to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Kerry, who is currently in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), requested the talks with Abbas, according to Palestinian sources.

Washington-sponsored peace talks between the Zionists and Palestinians resumed last July after a three-year halt. The results of the talks have yet to be announced.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat asserted on February 10 that Palestine would not recognize the so-called 'Israel' as a Jewish state, stressing that there is no intention on the Palestinian side to extend the April 29 deadline for wrapping up the negotiations.

Kerry unveiled his economic stimulus plan for the Palestinian territories at the World Economic Forum in Jordanian capital Amman in mid-2013, saying the plan would be key to achieving lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis.

The scheme seeks to raise the GDP of the Palestinian territories by 50 percent; reduce unemployment to 8 percent from a current 23 percent; and raise personal incomes by 40 percent.