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  Nissan 20, 5768 , 25/04/08

Bush Promised Abbas New Arab State Top Priority

American President George W. Bush told visiting Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas Thursday that creating a new Arab state within Israel's current borders before next January remains a high priority. The president's term of office ends in eight months, and he is anxious for an agreement on a final status plan by then.

American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is to visit the Middle East next month to advance negotiations between the PA and Israel prior to President Bush's planned return visit to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the renewal of the Jewish state. The president plans to meet Abbas again at Sharm el-Sheikh before visiting Israel.

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