WELLINGTON, Nov 4 (Reuters) - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday she plans to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
in the United States next week.
I do intend to see Prime Minister Netanyahu when he is in the United States next week, Clinton told reporters at a news conference with Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand, the second-to-last stop on her two-week Asia-Pacific tour.
Direct talks between Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
began on Sept. 2 in Washington but broke down several weeks later when a 10-month partial Israeli freeze on settlement
building in the West Bank
Netanyahu has resisted U.S., Palestinian and international calls to impose a new building moratorium on settlements in the West Bank, which Israel
occupied in a 1967 war.
Palestinian officials have accused Netanyahu of destroying prospects for peace by allowing settlement building to continue on land that Palestinians want for a future state.
We are working on a non-stop basis with our Israeli and Palestinian friends to design a way forward, Clinton said, saying she believed Netanyahu and Abbas were committed to pursuing a two-state solution to the six-decade conflict.
I am very involved in finding the way forward and I think that we will be able to do so, she added. (Additional reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Kim Coghill)