On eve of Obama's visit, PA dispatches officials to US

February 17, 2013 19:23

The Palestinian Authority on Sunday dispatched two senior officials to Washington to brief the US Administration on its stance regarding the resumption of peace talks with Israel.

The decision to send the two officials to Washington comes on the eve of US President Barack Obama's planned visit to the region.

The two officials, Saeb Erekat and Mohamed Shtayyeh, are expected to reiterate the PA's demand for a full freeze of settlement construction and the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails as a pre-requisite for resuming the peace talks, a PA official in Ramallah told a German news agency.

According to the official, Erekat and Shtayyeh will also demand that the negotiations with Israel be based on clear terms of reference, including previous UN resolutions pertaining to the Israeli-Arab conflict.

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