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John Kerry joins French-led Middle East peace push

John Kerry joins French-led Middle East peace push

With no real hope that the Obama administration can leave Israeli-Palestinian rapprochement as part of its legacy, Secretary of State John F. Kerry joined a last-ditch French-led effort Friday to revive talks aimed at easing the long-stalemated Middle East conflict.

The daylong meeting, convened in Paris by the French government, was notable for the fact that neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians were invited.

It concluded with a call for a peace conference in the fall that would include the two warring sides.

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