Special US Envoy ,George Mitchell and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be present during the talks between Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas in the region.
“There are differences that must be resolved, but the re-launch of direct negotiations in pursuit of Middle East peace was an important step," State Department spokesman P J Crowley tweeted at the end of the day.
Mr. Abbas and Mr. Netanyahu agreed that these negotiations can be completed within one year and that the aim of the negotiations is to resolve all core issues. “The parties agreed that a logical next step would be to begin working on achieving a framework agreement for permanent status," Mr. Mitchell said.
“The purpose of a framework agreement will be to establish the fundamental compromises necessary to enable them to flesh out and complete a comprehensive treaty that will end the conflict and establish a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians," he said.
The two parties agreed that in their actions and statements they will work to create an atmosphere of trust that will be conducive to reaching a final agreement, Mitchell told to sources.
The United States has pledged its full support to the parties in these talks, he said.