Kerry urges Abbas to make 'tough decisions' on peace

WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday "to make the tough decisions that will be necessary" before an April 29 deadline for a peace deal with Israel, a US official said.


"The secretary thanked President Abbas for his steadfast leadership and partnership over the past few months and encouraged him to make
the tough decisions that will be necessary in the weeks ahead," a senior State Department official said of their meeting on Sunday.


"He also reiterated that we are at a pivotal time in the negotiations and while these issues have decades of history behind them, neither party should let tough political decisions at this stage stand in the way of a lasting peace," the official added, describing Sunday's talks as "frank and productive." (Reuters)