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Rice and Blair To Meet Quartet In Afternoon

The Quartet, its new Middle East envoy Tony Blair and American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice are to meet in Lisbon Thursday afternoon for a diplomatic star-studded conference on the Palestinian Authority (PA)-Israeli conflict. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, European Union (EU) policy advisor Javier Solana and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also will attend.

The focus will be on Blair's authority and powers toward the stated Quartet goal of creating a new Arab state in Israel. The PA wants Blair to have a wide mandate while the U.S. wants him to concentrate on helping PA institutions to function properly.

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