Word of Progress Ahead of Mideast Peace Talks

WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's word of some progress ahead of an international conference on the Mideast.

A senior member of the Palestinian delegation says an elusive joint Israeli-Palestinian statement on the contours of future peace talks is within reach.

The aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tells The Associated Press the joint statement will be ready "today or tomorrow."

President Bush is hosting the Israeli and Palestinian leaders in separate sessions today at the White House, ahead of tomorrow's Mideast conference at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

After months of trying to forge a joint outline, Israel and the Palestinians have been making an 11th-hour push to come up with a statement for presentation at the gathering.

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