Rice continues Mideast talks
(dpa) - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice continued her marathon talks in Israel and the Palestinian areas Monday, meeting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for a second time since arriving in the region over the weekend.
Rice was also due to hold another trilateral parley, with the parties' chief negotiators, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and former Palestinian premier Ahmed Qureia.
She had held a joint meeting in Jerusalem Sunday with Acting Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak, who presented the two with a series of measures aimed at easing security restrictions and allowing more economic freedom in the West Bank.
A 35-page booklet Barak handed to Rice, included, according to reports from the meeting, a proposal to establish a new Palestinian city, to be financed by a Jordanian businessman, near Ramallah.
The Israeli defence minister also said 700 Palestinian policemen would be allowed to enter the northern West Bank city of Jenin, some 50 of the hundreds of roadblocks in the West Bank would be removed and 25 armoured vehicles would be transferred to the Palestinians.
Rice arrived in Israel on Saturday night.
Also on Sunday, she met in Jordan with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and King Abdullah II, who both urged Washington to put pressure on Israel to stop settlement activity in East Jerusalem as a prerequisite for successful negotiations with the Palestinians.