US Middle East peace envoy Martin Indyk has resigned following the collapse of Israeli-Palestinian talks, but the State Department said yesterday he would remain involved in the peace effort.
Indyk's departure had been widely
Pope Francis on Sunday invited the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to come to the Vatican to pray for peace a month after US-backed talks aimed at ending the Middle East conflict collapsed.
"In this, the birthplace of the
President Barack Obama pressed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to help break the stalemate in US-brokered peace talks with Israel, saying leaders on both sides must take political risks before an April deadline.
In White House
The two Syrian delegations at peace talks in Geneva have agreed to use the "Geneva communique", a document agreed by international powers in June 2012, as the basis for peace talks, an opposition spokesman Louay al-Safi said, in an app
Syria's government and its enemies came face to face on Wednesday for the first time as a peace conference began in Switzerland which world powers hope can at least start a process to end three years of civil war.
There was im
The Western-backed Syrian opposition agreed to participate in international peace talks in Geneva, the Syrian National Coalition said in a statement early on Monday.
The statement, translated from Arabic, outlined conditions that
US Secretary of State John Kerry called on Monday for a peace conference on Syria "very soon" but said peace would not be possible without a transition government to replace President Bashar Al-Assad.
"We believe it
Israel on Monday named 26 Palestinian prisoners to be freed this week under a deal enabling US-backed peace talks to resume, although Palestinians said these had been undermined by newly announced plans to expand Israeli settlements.
Martin Indyk, a former US ambassador to Israel who heads foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution think tank, is expected to be named the new US envoy for Middle East peace, a source familiar with the matter said on Sunday.
Diplomats and top officials have joined thousands of people in Bahrain in signing a petition which aims to show the majority of citizens and residents are against street violence, a report said.
The Bahrain Federation of Expatriat