US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday urged Arabs and Israelis to set aside their historical differences, avoid inflammatory rhetoric and recommit to attaining a comprehensive peace in the Middle East.
In a speech at an international forum attended by senior government officials from the Mideast, North Africa and several major industrialized countries, Clinton struck a serious, cautious tone as she raised the matter of pursuing a comprehensive peace deal.
"I know this is a matter that is of grave and pervasive concern among the countries represented here, but even far beyond this region," she said.
"We are committed to a two-state solution," she added. "And we are determined and persistent in the pursuit of that goal."