Bush to inaugurate new Israeli-Palestinian peace talks with White House meetings

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says Israelis and Palestinians are "ready to go" with new peace talks.

The two sides agreed to restart long-stalled negotiations after a conference in Annapolis, Maryland, yesterday. Rice made the rounds of the morning TV shows to discuss the push toward a peace deal.

She tells NBC the process will be a hard one. But she's praising Arab states for lending unprecedented support.

President Bush is hosting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert at the White House today. He'll have closed-door meetings with each man and then get them together.

More talks are planned in the Mideast in a couple of weeks.

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