2 Jan 2012

Israel, Palestinians agree to meet over peace talks

1:22 pm on 2 January 2012

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have agreed to hold their first meeting in more than a year in efforts to restart peace talks.

Jordan says it will host the gathering on Tuesday as part of what it is calling serious efforts to resume direct peace negotiations.

After a brief resumption late last year, talks collapsed over continued Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, the BBC reports.

Officials are stressing that the meeting on Tuesday does not amount to renewed talks, but is about exploring how to resume direct negotiations.

Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh will host meetings with the Israeli Prime Minister's chief envoy Yitzhak Molcho and the main Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat.

Diplomats from the Middle East quartet comprising the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and Russia will also attend.