Thursday, September 16, 2010

After peace talks, Clinton heads to West Bank

Benjamin Netanyahu, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mahmoud Abbas AP – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, …

JERUSALEM – After two days of inconclusive Mideast peace negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was heading to the Palestinian Authority's headquarters in the West Bank for one-on-one talks with President Mahmoud Abbas.
Afterwards, Clinton was scheduled to travel Thursday to Amman for a working lunch with Jordan's King Abdullah, whose country already has a peace treaty with Israel and is a strong supporter of efforts to work out a deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
The Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations — which started Tuesday in Egypt and concluded Wednesday in Jerusalem — produced no apparent breakthrough. Both sides said they would continue striving toward their goal of a final settlement within one year.
Dates for the next round of negotiations at the leaders' level are supposed to be determined during consultations next week.

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