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The Israeli and Palestinian leaders have both been meeting President George W. Bush at the White House ahead of tomorrow’s Mid-East peace talks.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert thanked the US President for his efforts which had facilitated the talks in Annapolis, while Bush said he was optimistic for the outcome.

The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke of his great hope that the talks will lead to peace. There have been rumours that he is ready to resign if they fail.

Representatives of numerous governments —including Syria and Saudi Arabia — will be at the first significant meeting between the Israelis and Palestinians for seven years.

The two sides hope to hammer out a mutually acceptable peace agenda before the end of what the White House is calling “a get-together”.