Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will travel to Washington to hold farewell talks with his outgoing U.S. counterpart George W. Bush on Dec. 19, a senior Palestinian official revealed on Friday.
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told the press that the Abbas-Bush talks will focus on issues specially including the status of Middle East peace efforts.
The two leaders will discuss the Mideast peace process during the "working meeting that will include a farewell," Erekat said.
Israel and the Palestinian side relaunched their peace talks at a U.S.-host conference in Annapolis, Maryland in November 2007, after which Washington had hoped Israel and the Palestinians can reach a peace deal by the end of this year, but all the sides have tried in vein.
According to Palestinian officials, after the U.S. trip, Abbas will fly to Moscow on Dec. 22 for talks with President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.