Arafat Agrees to Washington Talks
Palestinian president Yasser Arafat has agreed to meet US President Clinton for a fresh round of Middle East peace talks, reported BBC.online Wednesday.
US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who arrived in the region Monday to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, said the meeting would be held in Washington next week.
After talks with Arafat in Ramallh Tuesday, Albright told a press conference "I am very pleased that the chairman is going to be able to go to Washington.”
Senior Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, accompanied by American mediators, are expected Monday to begin about a week of talks aimed at forging an "end of conflict framework agreement" in an as-yet undecided location in the Washington area, AFP said quoting a senior US official as saying.
However, the BBC reported that Arafat is under pressure from his own people to stand up to the Israelis, and demand that all of the West Bank is handed over to the Palestinians as part of a peace deal – Albawaba.com
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