Hillary Clinton hopes a peace agreement can be reached within a year, in first direct negotiations since 2008
Chris McGreal in Washington guardian.co.uk,
Friday 20 August 2010 16.59 BST
Israel and the Palestinians are to resume direct peace talks next month, Hillary Clinton has announced.
The US secretary of state said she hoped a comprehensive peace agreement could be reached within a year, as she confirmed the first direct negotiations since 2008.
Talks will begin in Washington on 2 September to “relaunch direct negotiations to resolve all final status issues which we believe can be completed within one year”, Clinton said.
The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, and the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, will fly to Washingtonfor an initial meeting hosted by Barack Obama.
The Egyptian and Jordanian leaderships have also been invited, as has Tony Blair, the envoy for the Middle East quartet – the US, UN, EU and Russia – in view of “his important work to help Palestinians build the institutions of their future state”.