Olmert, Abbas to meet in coming days, Erekat says

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will meet in the coming days, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Wednesday. He added that US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will visit the region September 18 and 19 for meetings with both leaders. Rice has been prodding the two leaders to agree on a set of principles outlining a future peace deal ahead of a US-sponsored conference planned for November.