Israel’s president and the secretary general of the Arab League have said they hope the revival of the Middle East peace process will be a success.
The pair were speaking at a politics and business forum in Italy.
Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said the talks “were not bad for a start“ but stressed the importance of resolving the question of Jerusalem.
The Palestinians warn they will pull out of the talks unless Israel extends a settlement freeze in the Wesk Bank.
Peres said “the settlements need to be agreed”, adding the new negotiations were “a good beginning.”
The talks broke off in December 2008 when Israel invaded the Gaza Strip to stop Hamas firing rockets at its towns and cities.