Israel PM in US to Discuss PA Talks

Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu is set to arrive in the US for talks with White House officials over another round of failed talks with the Palestinian Authority.

Netanyahu is expected to meet with US Vice President Joe Biden on the sidelines of a summit of Jewish organizations in New Orleans on Sunday.

On Monday, he will travel to New York to meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, his office announced.

Later in the week, he would meet the US ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, as well as senior Wall Street and media figures.

On Thursday, he is to hold talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before flying back to Israel. He will not meet US President Barack Obama as the US leader is on his Asia tour.

Netanyahu and acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas began US-sponsored direct talks in September.

However, the two sides failed to reach any agreements after the Israeli premier refused to extend a partial moratorium on settlement construction in occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank.

The 10-month freeze expired at the end of September.

Palestinians say that settlement construction is aimed at preventing the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

(Press TV)

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