President George W. Bush has invited Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to the White House in an effort to give a boost to Mideast peace talks, the White House said Thursday.
The plan, which envisions talks around the beginning of May, was disclosed to reporters on Air Force One by National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe, who was accompanying Bush on a flight to Dayton, Ohio. "Details are still being worked out," said Johndroe, who added that the talks would be part of a continuing effort "to work with the Palestinians and the Israelis as well as other countries in the region in realizing a Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with Israel." Vice President Dick Cheney returned from the region this week. And Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice leaves today for the region, and Bush is ticketed to go to the Mideast in May.
Bush invites Palestinian President Abbas for talks
March 28, 2008, Friday/ 18:48:00/ AP