Official: Clinton Meeting on Middle East will not be Friday

Published December 22nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

US President Bill Clinton will not meet Friday with top Israeli and Palestinian officials to discuss the ailing Middle East peace process, but they may convene over the weekend, a White House official said. 

"It will not happen today," said the official, who requested anonymity. "There is still an option that the parties meet with the president tomorrow, but that truly depends on the progress the parties make today." 

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators entered a fourth day of talks in southeast Washington amid conflicting reports of progress. Palestinian officials were decidedly pessimistic and violence flared anew in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. 

US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was to meet the delegations at Bolling Air Force Base -- where they have been ensconced under a news blackout since Tuesday -- around 11:00 am (1600 GMT), a State Department official said -- WASHINGTON (AFP)  




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