WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- EU's foreign policy
chief Javier Solana, after his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice here on Thursday, said he will travel to the Middle East this month after
Rice to push the Middle East peace process.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (R) and European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana walk into the Treaty Room of the State Department in Washington, after their meeting, Jan. 4, 2007. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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"We will try to see how we can give a push to the
peace process," Solana said.
When asked if Rice were optimistic about the
prospects for the Middle East peace process, Solana said: "I don't think that
optimism is the word. We have to stick to the word realism."
Solana also had lunch in the White House with Stephen
Hadley, the national security adviser of U.S. President George W. Bush.
The Middle East peace process has been in a standstill since the militant Hamas won the legislative elections in Palestine early last year. As a result, the U.S.-led West has cut off all contacts as well as aids to the Hamas-led Palestinian government for its refusal to recognize Israel, a key U.S. ally in the Middle East.