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Arab ministers to meet Kerry on Mideast peace talks

The Arab League said Tuesday an Arab ministerial delegation would meet US secretary of state John Kerry in Rome on Sunday to discuss Israel-Palestinian peace talks.

CAIRO // The Arab League said today an Arab ministerial delegation would meet US secretary of state John Kerry in Rome on Sunday to discuss Israel-Palestinian peace talks.

The meeting would discuss "the best ways to provide the necessary support for the success of these negotiations," Nassif Hetti, spokesman for Secretary General Nabil Al Arabi told reporters.

"We have always insisted on setting a definite time limit for these negotiations," he added.

A Palestinian official said on Monday that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met over the weekend without reaching a "breakthrough".

Talks between the two sides, which were relaunched during initial meetings in Washington at the end of July after intense diplomatic efforts by the United States, have taken place under a US-imposed media blackout.

In mid-August, Israel angered the Palestinians by announcing it would construct more than 2,000 additional settler homes in the occupied West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem.