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Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa said earlier this week that peace cannot be completed without [Israeli] withdrawal from Syrian territory, so all the parties have to be there. He was referring to the Golan Heights.

Any international gathering has to be comprehensive, a serious one, and the agenda has to be considered carefully, Mr. Moussa said in Cairo. It should include all those involved in the conflict, and the time frame must be defined.

Miss Rice continued on today to Jerusalem, where she met with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. Tomorrow, she is scheduled to hold talks in the West Bank with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Egyptian and Jordanian foreign ministers traveled to Israel last week to present a 2002 Arab peace initiative. It offers Israel normal relations with all Arab states in return for Israeli withdrawal from the territory it occupied in the Middle East war of 1967.

Egypt and Jordan are the only Arab countries that have diplomatic relations with Israel.