Upcoming Mideast Peace Conference Hopes to Bring Major Breakthrough

Egypt, Jordan, and the Palestinians are trying to get skeptical Arab nations on board with next week's Mideast Peace Conference in Maryland.

Egypt insists that the US sponsored talks could prove a major breakthrough in creating a Palestinian state in the next year.

Saudi Arabia and Syria aren't so convinced.

The Saudis want a firm timetable for negotiations on key Israel-Palestinian issues.

The Syrians want to address the Israeli-held Golan Heights.

As Egypt holds a mini-summit with Jordanian and Palestinian leaders in a Red Sea resort in Cairo, diplomats from the Arab League are trying to hash out a unified Arab stand on the conference.

Israel's prime minister insists negotiations launched at Annapolis will address core issues, such as the borders of a Palestinian state, East Jerusalem, and Palestinian refugees.


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