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John Kerry optimistic about Mideast peace talks

Aims to promote development in West Bank

JERUSALEM — Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that an initiative to promote economic development in the West Bank to support renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts will aim to create jobs and economic security and “begin to take hold immediately.”

He said that more details will be forthcoming next week and corporate entities will be involved. He emphasized that business expansion in the West Bank is no substitute for the political track, but can enhance it.

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