Abbas, Bush to meet ahead of conference

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet U.S. President George Bush Monday evening a day before Annapolis peace conference is held, sources at Abbas' office in Ramallah said.

Abbas, Bush to meet ahead of conference
The two top officials will discuss the failure of Israel and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) in agreeing on a mutual statement to be presented before the U.S.-hosted conference, the sources added.

After weeks of talks, the Israeli and Palestinian negotiators headed for Annapolis without reaching a deal on the joint document that will outline the negotiation process which would be launched after the conference.

Nabil Shaath, a member of the Palestinian delegation to the conference, has ruled out an agreement of the joint document one day before the forum is convened, attributing the reason to the lack of time and the wide gaps between the two sides.

As for the conference, Shaath said that the Palestinians will "try to achieve what they want," adding that the PNA hopes to get a clear timetable for the negotiation process, Israeli withdrawal from territories that were occupied in 2000 and full stop of settlement activities in the West Bank.

The sources at Abbas' office said that U.S. Secretary of State will sponsor a dinner comprising Bush, Abbas and Israeli Premier Ehud Olmert.

However, Nabil Abu Rudaina, spokesman for the Palestinian Presidency, said there was no preparation to hold a three-way summit between the three leaders.


Agencies

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