Livni Nods to Peace Amid Political Talks

PM-designate pauses coalition-building to meet with Palestinian
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 23, 2008 3:12 PM CDT
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, right, shakes hand with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni during a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem Sunday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Israel's prime minister-designate took a break from her efforts to form a new government today to meet with the chief Palestinian peace negotiator, signaling she will keep negotiations going despite the country's political uncertainty. Tzipi Livni and the Palestinian negotiator, Ahmed Qureia, have met regularly since peace talks formally relaunched at a US-hosted summit last November.

Today's talks in Jerusalem were the first since Livni was elected head of the ruling Kadima Party last week. She's replacing Ehud Olmert, who is being forced from office by a corruption scandal. Qureia said that Livni assured him she would continue the negotiations throughout the coalition-building process and that "there will be no conditions or obstacles to continue the peace process."