German FM Travels to Mideast to Boost US Peace Initiative
Germany's foreign minister is set to meet Israeli leaders Friday and the Palestinian Authority caretaker premier Saturday during his visit to the Middle East to promote a US initiative to revive peace talks, a spokesman said.
Guido Westerwelle told PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas by phone on Wednesday that Germany "unreservedly supports" the initiative, said the ministry spokesman, according to the AFP news agency.
Westerwelle is due to meet Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres to also discuss the Syria conflict and Iran's nuclear weapons program.
On Saturday, he is due to meet caretaker prime minister Salam Fayyad, who resigned last month but has not yet been replaced, according to AFP.
The German minister then travels to Algeria where on Saturday evening he will meet his counterpart Mourad Medelci, and on Sunday speak with Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and students to discuss conflicts in the Arab world and Mali.
US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have launched a renewed drive towards reviving Arab-Israeli peace talks, which have been stalled since 2010.