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Kerry says he will attend Mideast peace meeting in France

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, May 19, 2016. NATO foreign ministers this week will discuss how the alliance can deal more effectively with security threats outside Europe, including by training the Iraqi military and cooperating with the European Union to choke off people-smuggling operations in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, May 19, 2016. NATO foreign ministers this week will discuss how the alliance can deal more effectively with security threats outside Europe, including by training the Iraqi military and cooperating with the European Union to choke off people-smuggling operations in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, speaks with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, center, and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, third left, during a group photo at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, May 19, 2016. NATO foreign ministers this week will discuss how the alliance can deal more effectively with security threats outside Europe, including by training the Iraqi military and cooperating with the European Union to choke off people-smuggling operations in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, speaks with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, center, and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, third left, during a group photo at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, May 19, 2016. NATO foreign ministers this week will discuss how the alliance can deal more effectively with security threats outside Europe, including by training the Iraqi military and cooperating with the European Union to choke off people-smuggling operations in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center right, stands with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, center left, and other NATO foreign ministers during a group photo at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, May 19, 2016. NATO foreign ministers this week will discuss how the alliance can deal more effectively with security threats outside Europe, including by training the Iraqi military and cooperating with the European Union to choke off people-smuggling operations in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center right, stands with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, center left, and other NATO foreign ministers during a group photo at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, May 19, 2016. NATO foreign ministers this week will discuss how the alliance can deal more effectively with security threats outside Europe, including by training the Iraqi military and cooperating with the European Union to choke off people-smuggling operations in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he will attend an upcoming French-hosted meeting of foreign ministers aimed at restarting Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Speaking to reporters at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, Kerry said he had told French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault that he would participate in the event. Kerry has been coy about attending the meeting, which Israel is opposed to, and his comments were the first confirmation that he would go. Kerry said restarting the peace process or at least keeping a path open to doing so remained a priority

The French had initially proposed the meeting for May 30, the Memorial Day holiday in the United States, but agreed to delay it to allow Kerry to attend. The meeting will now be held on June 3.