US envoy meets Abbas on latest peace mission
US: US envoy George Mitchell was to meet Palestinian President Mahmud
Abbas on Wednesday after telling Israeli leaders Washington wants
stalled Middle East peace talks to resume soon and wrap up quickly.
Earlier, Mitchell met Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as he continued his
latest tour of the region, the first since US President Barack Obama's
heralded Cairo address to the Muslim world last week.
On Tuesday, the US envoy met for four hours with Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, half of that time one-on-one, as the
hawkish premier prepares to lay out his government's peace policy in a
speech on Sunday.
"We all share an obligation to create the conditions for the prompt
resumption and early conclusion of negotiations," Mitchell said.
"We're now engaged in serious discussions with our Israeli and
Palestinian and regional partners to support these efforts," said
Mitchell, who also sought to play down tensions that have arisen between
Israel and its close ally over Obama's push to restart the hobbled peace
Netanyahu has yet to publicly embrace the principle of a Palestinian
state, and the Israeli press has been filled with speculation that he
might finally do so on Sunday.
A day earlier, the premier held talks by phone with Obama that the
White House described as constructive.
RAMALLAH, Wednesday, AFP