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US says its policy on Israeli settlements will never change.

The United States affirmed late on Thursday

that its policy on Israeli settlements in the West Bank will not change as it

continues attempts to restart talks between Palestinians and Israelis.

"The position of the United States on Israeli settlements has not changed

and will not change. Like every American administration for decades, we do not

accept the legitimacy of continued settlement activity. President Obama's

recent speech offered our views on the way forward", said the State Department

in a statement.

Meanwhile, the State Department also said that Acting Special Envoy for

Middle East Peace David Hale and Special Assistant to the President Dennis

Ross travelled to the region this week "as part of our efforts to get the

parties back to the negotiating table".

The two US officials met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,

Israeli negotiator Yitzhak Molho, and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad

while Hale also met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian

negotiator Saeb Erekat.

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Date:Jun 17, 2011
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