AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Jordan for a meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas as foundering Mideast peace talks approach a critical deadline.
The Palestinians and Israelis had agreed to an April 30 deadline for a settlement. But the Palestinians have threatened to walk away before then unless Israel releases a batch of prisoners, as it agreed to, by March 29.
A State Department spokeswoman said Kerry also will talk with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the next few days.
Kerry flew from Rome to Jordan's capital, Amman, Wednesday morning. He is meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II before a working dinner with Abbas. Kerry will then return to Rome to join President Barack Obama at a meeting Thursday with Pope Francis.
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