US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday that it was important for Israel and the Palestinians to establish a "common agenda" in order to move forward on forming a Palestinian state.
Rice also said all the parties need to have a "destination in mind" to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Rice said she would meet twice with both Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert during her fourth trip to the region in as many months.
"It's extremely important to establish a common agenda to move forward toward the establishment" of a Palestinian state, she said.
"It would help all of us to have a destination in mind where we are going," Rice added.