( USA Today ) - The United States will host a Middle East peace conference at Annapolis, Md., next Tuesday, the State Department has announced.
The Associated Press writes that 49 countries, institutions and individuals, including select Arab states and other key nations with a stake in the Mideast peace process, were invited. Three days of meetings will be held at the U.S. Naval Academy and in Washington.
President Bush will deliver a speech to open the meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be the official host.