Clinton: U.S. determined to make peace in Mideast   2010-09-16 19:11:03 FeedbackPrintRSS

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (from L to R) hold talks in Jerusalem, Sept.15, 2010. (Xinhua/Yin Dongxun)

Backgrounder: Major Mideast peace process events in Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh

RAMALLAH, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday said Washington is determined to make a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians through negotiations it brokered earlier this month.

"The U.S. is very committed and determined to work for a peace agreement through direct negotiations that lead to an independent, sovereign, viable Palestinian state that realizes the aspirations of the Palestinian people," Clinton told reports upon her arrival to Ramallah.

Clinton started a meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas at his office in the West Bank city. Prior to the meetings, Abbas said the U.S. was doing "intensive efforts" to achieve peace "in this difficult time and circumstances."

He added that the Palestinian leadership accepted the U.S. invitation to resume peace talks with Israel "because there is no alternative to make peace without negotiations."

The meeting is part of intensive discussions held between Palestinian, Israeli and U.S. officials in the past two days in the region.

An official from President Abbas' office, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Abbas and Clinton will dedicate their talks on pushing forward peace negotiations that resumed after nearly 15 months of stall.

Clinton sponsored two meetings between Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh and Jerusalem amid differences between the two sides over a partial moratorium on building Jewish settlements.

The moratorium expires on September 26 and Abbas promised to walk away from talks if Israel doesn't extend the freeze.


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