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Kerry to skip Israel during Mideast visit focused on Iran deal

( U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to travel to Egypt and Qatar next week to alleviate concerns about the Iran nuclear deal with Arab leaders, but will not visit Israel during the trip. U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said Kerry will visit Egypt on Aug. 2 and then travel to Qatar to meet with the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council to discuss the nuclear deal, before heading to East Asia. When asked by reporters why Kerry won’t be visiting Israel, Kirby said, “[Kerry] has been in touch with Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu many times in the last several weeks to discuss the parameters of [the Iran deal]. We are in constant consultants with our Israeli counterparts about this.”

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