Rice: Abbas, Olmert to meet biweekly

Tuesday, March 27, 2007 |  by Staff Writer  

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced on Tuesday the decision of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to meet bi-weekly with the US mediating.

At a press conference at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem, Rice said that the situation had become more complicated with the formation of the Palestinian unity government. Hamas is unwilling to block to adhere to the Quartet’s demands of renouncing terror and recognizing Israel.

Rice continued by saying the PA chairman “truly desires to be a partner for peace,” and Olmert confirmed the fact. The US secretary of state said the two leaders would discuss a “political horizon,” even though they’re “not yet at final status negotiations.”

In the Tuesday press conference, Rice also called on regional Arab states to “participate actively in the peace process” and welcomed the Saudi peace plan as “an example of such new thinking.”

Rice added that in meetings with the two leaders, the US would discuss “the movement of passages and preventing rocket fire by terrorists.”

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