Biden leaves to Middle East for peace talk discussions



WASHINGTON- US Vice President Joe Biden headed to the Middle East Sunday for talks in Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan, as Palestinian officials agreed to US-mediated indirect peace talks.
Biden left Washington Sunday night for Jerusalem, where he was to meet with Israeli President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Tzipi Livni on Tuesday.
Wednesday, he was to hold talks with Tony Blair, special envoy for the Quartet negotiating group as well as Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.



US Vice President Joe Biden
US Vice President Joe Biden
Biden, who is traveling with his wife Jill, will then travel onto Amman, Jordan Thursday where the US vice president will meet with Jordanian King Abdullah.
A scheduled stop in Egypt was postponed because Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is out of the country having surgery.
The visit comes as Yasser Abed Rabbo, a senior official in the Palestine Liberation Organization, announced that the Palestinians would embark on US-mediated talks, despite deep skepticism about the prospects of success.
Talks between the two sides have been on hold for more than a year, despite US efforts to relaunch the peace process.
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Monday, March 8th 2010
AFP
           


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