Abbas, Blair discuss preparations to launch peace talks

09:09, August 26, 2010      

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday met the Mideast Quartet envoy Tony Blair and discussed preparations to launch peace talks with Israel.

The meeting took place at Abbas's office in the West Bank city of Ramallah, official Palestinian new agency Wafa reported.

The report said that Abbas and Blair talked about launching the negotiations "in line with the basis of the Quartet statement and the need to freeze" Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank.

On Friday, the Quartet, which comprises the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations, issued a statement supporting a U.S. invitation to Israel and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) to start peace talks in Washington on September 2.

The Palestine Liberation Organization accepted the invitation though it lacked an Israeli commitment to halt settlement or at least extend a 10-month moratorium on West Bank settlement that ends next month.

Source: Xinhua

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