By Julian Pecquet - 07/15/13 10:13 PM EDT
Secretary of State John Kerry departed Monday for the Middle East, the State Department said, in the latest bid to revive peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians.
Kerry will be visiting Jordanian and Arab League officials in Amman, spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. He has no current plans to travel to Israel.
“During these meetings, Secretary Kerry will provide an update on Middle East peace, as he said he would do when he met with the Arab League delegation in Washington just this past April,” Psaki said. “In light of the new Syrian opposition coalition leadership election that took place last week, we expect the group to discuss Syria as well.”
The Arab League has put forth a peace proposal swapping Arab recognition of Israel in exchange for the territories seized during the 1967 Six-Day War and a “just solution” for Palestinian refugees. Egypt and Jordan are currently the only Arab countries that recognize Israel.