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07 February, 2005 - Published 12:42 GMT
Rice visits Ramallah
The US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, on the latest stage of her visit to the Middle East, has arrived in the West Bank town of Ramallah for talks with Palestinian leaders. This reprt from Dan Issacs:
Condoleezza Rice arrived at the Mukata, the compound where Yasser Arafat's body is buried, amid tight security and straight into her first meeting with Mahmoud Abbas, the new Palestinian leader. For her part, Condoleezza Rice will be stressing the importance of the Palestinian commitment to an end to violence.
There's also the sensitive issue of the release of Palestinian prisoners and the withdrawal of Israeli soldiers from West Bank towns. But at this early stage, although all sides are cautiously optimistic that security concerns can be addressed, the Americans are clearly wary of greater engagement in the process.
Dan Issacs, BBC News, Ramallah
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