Israel, Palestine to hold secret meet: top official
AFPRAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories--Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met secretly in Jerusalem on Tuesday, a senior Palestinian official said, a week after US-brokered peace talks were relaunched in the Holy City.
August 21, 2013, 12:10 am TWN
“A meeting was held today between the Palestinian delegation, headed by Saeb Erakat and Mohammad Shtayyeh, and the Israeli delegation of (Justice Minister) Tzipi Livni and Yitzhak Molcho,” the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Details of the discussions were not revealed, apparently consistent with a request from Washington last week for a strict news blackout.
The official added that US Secretary of State Kerry's special envoy Martin Indyk met Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Monday to keep up pressure to continue negotiations “despite continued settlement building, which is the biggest obstacle to talks carrying on.”