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US readies new Mideast peace push

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senior administration officials are convening a flurry of meetings this week and next to try to find a fresh approach to restarting stalled Mideast peace talks.

The new tack would include preparing letters for Israeli and Palestinian leaders that would lay out the endgame and guarantee U.S. support for a negotiated end to the conflict.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hasn't offered details about the renewed U.S. commitment, but she and Mideast envoy George Mitchell will see Egyptian and Jordanian officials in Washington this week. Egypt and Jordan are essential to the peace push as they are Israel's only Arab neighbors to have fully recognized the Jewish state.

The discussions began in earnest Monday when Clinton met with the prime minister of Qatar, which is among numerous Arab states the U.S. is asking to support the process.


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