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Israeli PM: Talks with US Envoy 'Constructive'

By VOA News
09 October 2009

The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his talks Friday with U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell were effective and "constructive."

A statement says their meeting in Jerusalem focused on steps for advancing the Middle East peace process. No other details were released on the talks.

Mitchell met with Mr. Netanyahu Friday as part of U.S. efforts to get the Israelis and Palestinians to resume peace negotiations. The U.S. envoy is due to hold talks later Friday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank town of Ramallah.

On Thursday, Mitchell held separate meetings with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, President Shimon Peres and Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Mitchell said the United States remains committed to peace in the Middle East.

In an interview published Friday, Jordan's King Abdullah told Israel's Haaretz newspaper that prospects for Middle East peace are "sliding into darkness."

The Jordanian leader called on Israel to stop settlement activity in east Jerusalem and described the city as a "tinderbox" in the Islamic world.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.



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