Hague urges Palestinians to rejoin negotiations

British foreign secretary phones Abbas, says he is "disappointed" by Israeli plans to build new homes in east J'lem.

November 13, 2010 22:10
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British Foreign Secretary William Hague

William Hague looking serious 311. (photo credit: AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

LONDON  — British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Saturday urged Palestinians to rejoin Middle East peace talks, before discussions in the US next week.

Hague told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in a phone call that he was disappointed by Israeli plans to build new Jewish homes in East Jerusalem.

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But he urged Abbas to return to the stalled talks as soon as possible. He said he would discuss the situation with US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton during a visit to Washington next week.

Earlier in the week US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also condemned Israel's plan to go ahead with additional construction in the West Bank and said it was counterproductive to peace negotiations.

Clinton explained to reporters that a Middle East peace deal was still possible and necessary and said she also highlighted that the US was continuing to work to resume negotiations.

US President Barack Obama, during a news conference in Indonesia, also criticized Israel's the plans and said  that "this kind of activity is never helpful when it comes to peace negotiations."

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