JERUSALEM, Jan 8 (Reuters) - An envoy of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
will travel to Washington next week to discuss ways to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, a statement from Netanyahu's office said on Saturday.
(Netanyahu's representative) Yitzhak Molcho and a Palestinian representative will travel to Washington next week with the aim of advancing the diplomatic process, the statement said.
When asked, a spokesman for Netanyahu declined to comment whether Molcho would meet his Palestinian counterpart.
Palestinian officials in the West Bank
town of Ramallah
said they were unaware that any Palestinian official would be travelling to the United States to discuss peacemaking efforts next week.
Direct U.S.-backed peace talks stalled three months ago with the expiry of a 10-month partial Israeli moratorium on settlement
building in the occupied West Bank. All efforts to find a formula to restart them have so far failed. (Additional reporting by Mohammed Assadi in Ramallah, writing by Ori Lewis)