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Reports: Israelis, Palestinians to Resume Talks in U.S.


Israeli and Palestinian leaders are expected to resume direct peace talks in Washington next month, according to two media reports published Thursday night.

The Reuters news agency reported that President Obama would be present at the talks, citing an anonymous diplomatic source.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected Friday to announce the resumption of talks after 20 months, The New York Times reported.

Reuters reported that representatives from the so-called Quartet of powers -- the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations -- first agreed on the particulars of the talks Thursday, according to its source.

"They've got an agreement that the talks will start on Sept. 2 in Washington," the source told Reuters.

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