London calls Arab countries to show fervor for resumption of negotiations with Israel
The Arab countries should join efforts to resume the Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations, British Foreign Minister David Miliband said on Nov. 2, the Russian Vesti television channel reported.
"This long saga will end through the combined efforts of all Arab countries," Miliband said at a joint news conference with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov. "We want all Arab countries to work in this direction."
The Middle East settlement was one of the topics at the Lavrov-Miliband meeting held during Miliband's Moscow visit.
Miliband's call followed on the background of the White House statements, which urged the Palestinians should begin negotiations with Israel without preconditions, namely, without suspending the construction of the Jewish settlements.
During her official visit to Israel, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged the Palestinians to sit down to talks and let Israel finish the 3,000 settlements in the West Bank.
The Secretary-General of the League of Arab States Amr Moussa ruled out the possibility of resuming the Israel - Palestinian negotiations until the expansion of the Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem is frozen, Press TV said.
Lavrov said that Moscow will convene a conference on the Middle East immediately after the resumption of peace talks. The minister also supported the actions of the U.S. administration in this direction.