Secretary of State John Kerry will return to Israel and the Palestinian territories next week, an anonymous U.S. official told Reuters on Saturday.
Kerry will visit Jerusalem and Ramallah for more peace talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Kerry wants the sides to agree to a framework for an interim accord ahead of a deal in April, which would launch another year of talks aimed at a full-blown peace treaty. A framework would demonstrate that progress is being made in talks that began in July, according to U.S. officials.
A framework would touch on all the main issues, including security, the future of Jerusalem and the fate of refugees.