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Abbas, Blair discuss direct peace talks with Israel

2010-09-13 06:01:23 GMT2010-09-13 14:01:23 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

RAMALLAH, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the international Quartet envoy Toni Blair on Sunday discussed the Middle East peace process, official report said.

The meeting, which was held in Ramallah, came after Israel and the Palestinians resumed their direct peace negotiations under the sponsorship of the United States, reported the Palestinian state- run Wafa news agency.

The meeting between Abbas and Blair came two days before the second round of Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, which is scheduled to be held in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, to which U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will attend.

On Sept. 2, The United States launched the first direct peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians since the talks stopped between the two sides in December 2008.

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