Raw: Kerry Stops in Italy Before Mideast Trip

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Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Rome on Tuesday night, ahead of a last minute trip to the Middle East for talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. (March 25)

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Rome, Italy - March 25, 2014

1. Kerry walking down plane steps

2. Wide of aircraft and officials

3. Kerry's motorcade leaving airport

4. US, Italian and EU flags

STORYLINE:

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Rome on Tuesday night, ahead of a last minute trip to the Middle East for talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Kerry is interrupting his trip to Europe with US President Barack Obama in order to meet Abbas, with the aim of salvaging peace negotiations with Israel.

The State Department said Kerry would travel from Rome to Amman, Jordan on Wednesday to see Abbas, who visited the White House only last week.

Kerry is attempting to convince both Israel and the Palestinians not to abandon the process even if they don't meet an end-of-April target for a peace plan that they agreed to when talks resumed last summer.

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