Mideast envoys' U.S. meeting would launch peace talks: U.S. official
AMMAN (Reuters) - A meeting of Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Washington expected in the near future would in effect mark the resumption of peace talks, a U.S. official said on Friday.
The official spoke after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that a basis for new Israeli-Palestinian negotiations had been agreed and that the sides would send top negotiators to the U.S. capital "within the next week or so".
Asked whether participation in the Washington talks would be considered the start of negotiations, the official said:
"That would be the start of direct talks between the parties. Yes."
- Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels, Russia starts drill near border |
- Boy and girl on Korean ferry drowned with life jackets tied together |
- Rebellious Nevada rancher's racist remarks dim Republican support
- Apple's China success sets stage for iPhone 6, new products
- Children's corpses reveal desperate attempts to escape Korean ferry |