Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to resume in Washington

US State Department spokesperson said Israeli-Palestinian "Direct Final Status Negotiations" will launch tomorrow in Washington.

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to resume in Washington
World Bulletin / News Desk
A spokesperson for the US Department of State said Sunday Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have been invited to Washington to resume long-stalled peace talks on Monday and Tuesday. 

"Today, Secretary Kerry spoke with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and personally extended an invitation to send senior negotiating teams to Washington to formally resume direct final status negotiations. Initial meetings are planned for the evening of Monday July 29 and Tuesday July 30, 2013," Jen Psaki said in a statement.

Psaki said Israel would be represented by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Yitzhak Molcho, and the Palestinians would be represented by Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat and Mohammad Shtayyeh.

"As Secretary Kerry announced on July 19 in Amman, Jordan, the Israelis and Palestinians had reached agreement on the basis for resuming direct final status negotiations.  The meetings in Washington will mark the beginning of these talks.  They will serve as an opportunity to develop a procedural work plan for how the parties can proceed with the negotiations in the coming months," Psaki said.

"In his invitation, the Secretary again commended the courage shown by Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas.

"The United States and the parties are looking forward to beginning these substantive discussions and in moving forward toward a final status agreement."

The U.S.-brokered peace negotiations collapsed in 2010 due to continued Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Temmuz 2013, 09:32