THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY
Ross Trip Announcement
President Clinton and Secretary Albright have decided to send Special Middle East Coordinator Dennis Ross to the region tomorrow to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu and Chairman Arafat. Ambassador Ross will brief the President and Secretary of State on these meetings upon his return this weekend.
In recent weeks, the United States, in close cooperation with Egypt, has been working with Israelis and Palestinians on ways to move the peace process forward. Recent resumption of discussions between Israelis and Palestinians on issues related to the interim agreement is a step in the right direction. For its part, the United States is prepared to do everything it can to ensure that the peace process continues on a sound and durable basis. In that spirit, Ambassador Ross will be conveying some U.S. ideas.
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