UN chief agrees 'in principle' to Ramallah visit in January

UNITED NATIONS  - UN chief Ban Ki-moon has agreed "in principle" to visit the West Bank's Ramallah during his tour of the Middle East later this month, Palestinian UN observer Riyad Mansour told reporters Friday.
While on his tour, Ban is expected to focus on, among other issues, the recent Israeli-Palestinian peace talks being hosted by Jordan. Peace negotiators from the two sides met on Monday in Amman, their second round of face-to-face talks in the stalled peace talks.
"I'm very much encouraged by this meeting between... Palestinians and Israelis in Jordan," Ban told reporters.
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