Arafat Leaves Washington after Clinton Meeting

Published June 16th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Palestinian president Yasser Arafat left Washington late Thursday, after an almost three-hour meeting with US President Bill Clinton on efforts to break the deadlock in talks between Israel and the Palestinians. 

Arafat was set to stop in Geneva before returning to the Palestinian territories, Palestinian officials said. 

Before Arafat left, his spokesman Nabil Abu Rdeineh said the two leaders had discussed details of the negotiations. 

"They agreed that the talks in Washington on both the final status and the interim would continue until Monday, and then resume next week in the region," Rdeineh said. 

"After that, everyone will study the situation to decide if there will be a trilateral meeting," he added. 

US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is to travel to the Middle East within the next two weeks to assess the feasibility of a summit between Israeli and Palestinian leaders and Clinton, the State Department said. 

"The purpose of her visit will be to determine whether a summit would be useful at this point or whether we need to continue negotiations," spokesman Richard Boucher said, adding that Albright would make the trip following one next week to the region by US Middle East peace envoy Dennis Ross. 

The exact dates of Albright's trip have not yet been determined, he added, saying he expected it to occur in about 10 days – WASHINGTON (AFP) 

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