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US committed to engagement in Middle East, Kerry says

Diplomacy, not force, stressed

DAVOS, Switzerland — Secretary of State John Kerry hit back Friday at criticism that the Obama administration’s Middle East policy is in disarray, maintaining that the United States is actively engaged in multiple ambitious diplomatic initiatives in the region and elsewhere.

Kerry, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, rejected what he branded the ‘‘myth’’ of US disengagement. He pointed to active and simultaneous Obama administration efforts to end the crisis in Syria, deal with Iran’s nuclear program, and broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace.

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