US efforts to bring peace to the Middle East have intensified, with the Secretary of State announcing plans to hold three-way talks involving Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Condoleeza Rice is on a lengthy tour of the region, aimed at reviving the peace process and selling the latest plans to stabilise Iraq. She has met with Saudi King Abdullah in Riyadh. Yesterday she visited Egypt for talks with President Hosni Mubarak.
The US Secretary of State said the talks would be the most serious in six years discussing steps to establishing a Palestinian state.
“I will soon meet with Prime Minister Olmert and with President Abbas to have discussions about the broad issues on the horizon, so that we can work on the “roadmap”, to try and accelerate the “roadmap” and to move to the establishment of a Palestinian state,” the US Secretary of State said.
Rice travelled to Egypt after meeting Prime Minister Olmert in Jerusalem. A date for the three-way summit has not yet been set, but one US source said it could take place in three to four weeks. Egypt, which says it supports Washington’s new strategy in Iraq, has offered to host the talks.