Monday, July 27, 2009

U.S. Envoy Meets Middle East Leaders

Special Envoy to the Middle East George J. Mitchell is making his way through this region to discuss peace efforts. Over the weekend he met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, today he met with Palestine Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank, and tomorrow he will hold discussions with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

You can read about Mitchell's trip in today's Washington Post. On the U.S. State Department website you can find the latest update on Mitchell's travels (which includes a video clip of Mitchell speaking in Jerusalem). This July 23 press briefing from Assistant Secretary of State Philip J. Crowley discusses Mitchell's full itinerary and refutes media reports that the U.S. is considering financial or economic pressure against Israel.

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