Livni and Peretz head to US for round of meetings

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni will meet with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in the coming days as part of a trip to the United States that began Saturday, Israel Radio reported. A spokesman for Livni did not immediately return a call requesting comment. Defense Minister Amir Peretz also left Saturday for the United States, where he will meet US Defense Secretary Robert Gates and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Both ministers met with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert before their departure. The ministers will also participate in a meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the radio said.