Washington - Israeli President 'Carried Out Secret Negotiations with Abbas'
Washington - Shimon Peres, the Israeli president, carried out secret negotiations with Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian leader, in an attempt to revive peace talks, it has been claimed.
Mr Peres met Mr Abbas in London at the beginning of April in an effort to launch fresh negotiations, according to Israel’s Maariv newspaper.
Mr Peres held talks with President Barack Obama at the White House in early April during a meeting from which close aides were excluded.
The two men also held a number of private telephone calls on secure lines.
As is normal in such circumstances, both Mr Peres’s aides and Palestinian officials denied the existence of a “secret channel”.
But Maariv, a Hebrew-language newspaper noted for its hawkish positions, quoted a source close to Mr Peres as saying that the president was “horrified” by the exposure of the talks and they subsequently collapsed.
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