US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a new push on Mideast peace, held talks Saturday in this Persian Gulf city with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas before shuttling to Israel.
It was a personal plea by America's top diplomat for the two sides to resume talks even as US officials acknowledge there's little prospect for an immediate breakthrough.
Over the course of the summer, President Barack Obama had hoped for a fast track to renewed peace negotiations. But Clinton reported to him on Oct. 22 that neither side had taken sufficient steps toward resuming the dialogue.
Clinton arrived in Abu Dhabi early Saturday after a three-day visit to Pakistan.