US urges 'compromise' as Mideast talks set to resume
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States on Monday urged Israelis and Palestinians to work in good faith and make "reasonable compromises" ahead of the first direct talks in three years chasing a long-elusive peace deal.
In a bid to shepherd months of tough negotiations that lie ahead, US Secretary of State John Kerry named seasoned diplomat, Martin Indyk, to be the US special envoy to the talks.
And President Barack Obama welcomed the imminent start of the talks, urging both sides to approach them with honesty.
"The most difficult work of these negotiations is ahead, and I am hopeful that both the Israelis and Palestinians will approach these talks in good faith," Mr Obama said.