US Envoy Presses On With Mideast Peace Effort

The U.S. envoy to the Middle East is holding talks with the Palestinian leader, even as hopes are fading that Washington could restart Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations anytime soon.

President Barack Obama's voiced that pessimism in comments in a Time Magazine interview on Thursday, indicating he may have overreached in his Mideast efforts.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he will not resume negotiations without an internationally mandated Israeli settlement freeze. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed only to a slowdown in construction, and that has left the sides at an impasse.

Envoy George Mitchell met Abbas on Friday. He held talks with Netanyahu on Thursday.

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