U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will visit Britain, Israel and the West Bank for talks on Iran's nuclear program, Kosovo and Middle East peace efforts, the State Department said Friday.
During her five-day trip, Rice will attend a meeting in London of the Middle East diplomatic Quartet of the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States, and talks among five members of the UN Security Council plus Germany on Iran's controversial nuclear program, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said.
She will meet her European counterparts, focusing on the situation in newly independent Kosovo and participate in an ad hocpanel meeting on donor efforts for the Palestinian Authority. She will also meet separately with her British counterpart David Miliband and former prime minister Tony Blair, who is Middle East envoy for the Quartet.
In Israel and the West Bank, she will meet with senior officials of Israel and the Palestinian Authorities to exchanges views on the latest development in the Mideast peace process, including the situation in the Islamist Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, McCormack said.
Rice had more than a dozen of trips to the Middle East in the past 15 months.