Official: Kerry could meet with Abbas a third time

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Tzipi Livni, Israel's chief negotiator with the Palestinians, left, sits next to Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with Yaakov Amidror, National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, and Military Secretary Major General Eyal Zamir, as Netanyahu meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, unseen, in Jerusalem on Saturday, June 29, 2013. Kerry kept up his frenetic Mideast diplomacy Saturday, shuttling again between Palestinian and Israeli leaders in hopes of restarting peace talks. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

JERUSALEM (AP) — A U.S. State Department official says Secretary of State John Kerry is ready to meet with the Palestinian president for a third time if that would help advance the Mideast peace process.

Kerry is in his third day of shuttle diplomacy and has held discussions with Mahmoud Abbas on Friday and Saturday in Amman, Jordan.

Kerry is having dinner Saturday night with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. It's their third meeting in three days.

It's unclear if or when Kerry might meet Abbas again.

The U.S. official spoke Saturday on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations.

Kerry is currently scheduled to leave Sunday for Brunei for a Southeast Asia security conference.