Bush invites Palestinian leader to U.S. for talks

U.S. President George W. Bush has invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House in early May for talks.

Bush invites Palestinian leader to U.S. for talks
U.S. President George W. Bush has invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House in early May for talks aimed at advancing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said on Thursday.

Abbas has been invited around May 1 though the details of the visit are still being worked out, Johndroe told reporters on Air Force One as the president was en route to Ohio to deliver a speech on the Iraq war. Aides to Abbas said on Wednesday the Palestinian leader had been invited on April 24.

"This is not the result of one specific meeting but just part of the continuing process that the president has committed to," Johndroe said.

Abbas told reporters in Ramallah on Wednesday that talks between chief Palestinian negotiator Amed Qurie and Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni had tackled "all the core issues without exception: Jerusalem, refugees, settlements, borders, and security."

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