US Secretary Rice to visit Israel, West Bank

Other News Materials 22 August 2008 21:51 (UTC +04:00)

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will travel to Israel and the West Bank on Sunday for discussions aimed at nudging along the peace process, the State Department said.

Rice is still seeking a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians by the end of the year that includes the creation of a Palestinian state, spokesman Sean McCormack said Friday.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agreed to a US-hosted Middle East conference in November to complete negotiations on an accord by the end of 2008.

Olmert has been embroiled in a corruption scandal and has announced that he will leave his post in September, dpa reported.