Bush Calls Key Leaders Before Annapolis Talks

[Washington Post] Robin Wright - In a bit of last-minute diplomacy, President Bush called the leaders of Israel, Egypt and the PA Wednesday to discuss details of the U.S. peace conference set to begin in Annapolis next week. The Bush administration is engaged in intense efforts to ensure that key countries will send top officials to the first Middle East peace conference since the 2000 Camp David talks. Saudi Arabia and Syria are not expected to respond to the U.S. invitation until after the Arab League meeting in Egypt on Thursday and Friday. Secretary of State Rice said Wednesday that the wider Arab world needs to be engaged to give confidence to Israel that when a Palestinian state becomes a reality, the wider Arab-Israeli conflict will end.

2007-11-22 01:00:00

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