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Associated Press: Israelis, Palestinians to resume talks

Posted by uscsjp on March 26, 2007

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Under U.S. pressure to answer increasing Arab flexibility on Mideast peace, Israel has agreed to resume face-to-face talks with a moderate, Western-backed Palestinian leader who is sharing power with Islamic Hamas militants, a U.S. official said Monday.

Also Monday, Israel welcomed the idea of a regional peace summit, although no such meeting is set, and Saudi Arabia suggested it would consider changes in a dormant peace initiative that could make it more acceptable to Israel.

The new developments came at a time of high-profile diplomacy, with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and United Nations chief Ban Ki-Moon both in the region for talks with Israeli and Arab leaders…

Olmert, who had once called Abbas a “partner for peace,” said the deal meant he would limit talks with the Palestinian leader to humanitarian or similar immediate concerns. He initially ruled out more detailed discussions or negotiations.

Olmert’s reconsideration of that stance was a small step, since Olmert held such sessions with Abbas before the Hamas deal…

Rice’s visit was timed before a critical Arab League summit later this week in Saudi Arabia. (full link)

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