Abbas to hold talks with Mitchell in Amman: official 2009-11-03 02:54:22   Print

    RAMALLAH, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- A senior Palestinian official said that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is to hold talks later Monday night with U.S. peace envoy George Mitchell in the Jordanian capital Amman.

    The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Xinhua that Abbas would arrive in Amman from Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, on Monday evening to meet Mitchell, who is already thereon a visit, to discuss the latest developments of the peace process in the region.

    The official said Abbas would discuss with Mitchell the newest Palestinian stance and the U.S. request from the Palestinians to resume the peace talks with Israel without preconditions.

    On Saturday, Abbas held talks with Mitchell and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Abu Dhabi. The talks between the two sides did not lead to a real breakthrough, according to Nabil Abu Rdeineh, an aide to Abbas.

    In Abu Dhabi, Clinton asked the Palestinians to resume the peace talks with Israel, which had stopped since December last year, without any conditions.

    The Palestinian officials considered Clinton's call on the Palestinians as a retreat in the U.S. position which had earlier supported the Palestinian stance that no talks with Israel before the latter halt settlement activities in the West Bank.

Editor: Yan
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