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A new round of direct peace talks between Palestinian and Israeli leaders will start Thursday in the US capital of Washington. This is another push toward a two-state peace deal after talks were stalled nearly two years. By Tuesday, Palestinian National Authority (PNA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu, Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair arrived for the imminent talks.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met separately with Abbas and Netanyahu in Washington. During their meeting, Abbas told Clinton he hopes the US can play a positive role in mediating the talks and pushing forward a peace deal. But he also warns if Israel continues building settlements in the West Bank, he will leave the negotiation table without hesitation.
In separate talks with Clinton, Netanyahu says his government wants to ink a permanent peace deal with the Palestinians, but the precondition is always the national security of Israel. Clinton will host direct negotiations Thursday between Abbas and Netanyahu at the US State Department.