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Kerry sees Israeli, Palestinian deal possible by end of April

US Secretary of State John Kerry says that a final Middle East peace deal can still be achieved by the end of April

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday a final Middle East peace deal was still scheduled to be achieved by the end of April, and that Israel would release more Palestinian prisoners on Dec. 29.

Speaking after separate talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank and with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Kerry told reporters:

“We’re not talking at this point about any shifts (in the scheduled deadline) and the next tranche of prisoners is due to take place on 29th of December and it will take place then.”

Israel has freed about half the 104 prisoners it had pledged to release from its jails under the deal secured by Kerry in July to renew negotiations that had been deadlocked for nearly three years.

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