July 16, 2007 / 4:09 PM / in 11 years

Bush to offer $190 million in aid to Palestinians

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush will announce $190 million in new aid to the Fatah-led government of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a U.S. official said on Monday.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, July 11, 2007. REUTERS/Loay Abu Haykel

Bush, who is to give a speech on the Middle East later, will also call for a regional meeting this autumn to discuss ways to get peace talks between Israeli and the Palestinians back on track.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will lead the session that will include Israel, the Palestinian Authority and “neighbors in the region.”

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