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Israel PM wants regular meetings with Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to meet with Palestinian leaders regularly after peace talks resume next week.

world Updated: Aug 28, 2010 20:15 IST

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to meet with Palestinian leaders regularly after peace talks resume next week.

Israeli officials said Saturday that Netanyahu wants biweekly meetings. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Peace talks will restart Sept. 2 in Washington. The last round of talks ended in late 2008. Before then, Israeli and Palestinian leaders would meet on a regular basis. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said he hadn't heard about the proposal but would be open to the idea. Also Sunday, the European Union said it will not participate in the talks. The bloc said foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will be in Beijing at the time.