WASHINGTON, D.C: US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Paris this week for talks with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas on peace prospects with Israel, the State Department said on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). The meeting with Abbas will be the top US diplomat’s second stop on a global tour that will kick off late Thursday. Kerry will discuss with the Palestinian leader “ongoing efforts to advance a two-state solution,” the State Department said in a statement. The Israeli-Palestinian peace process collapsed two years ago, and progress currently appears unlikely before President Barack Obama’s final term ends in January. In June France convened a Paris meeting of world powers—without Israel or the Palestinians—to work toward organizing an international conference to reboot talks by the end of the year.