Israelis and Palestinians are scheduled to hold the first high-level talks between the two sides in nearly two years.
A Palestinian official said today (Saturday) that President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will meet during the week of February 8th.
Meanwhile, security officials from both sides met today (Saturday) to prepare for the summit. The agenda is expected to focus on security issues, but also may include talks on a formal ceasefire and the release of Palestinian prisoners jailed by Israel.
Both sides have been taking steps to revive peace talks in the weeks since Mr. Abbas was elected to succeed the late Palestinian president Yasser Arafat.
Israel has stopped its offensive operations in the Gaza Strip while some 2,000 Palestinian police have been deployed in the territory to end rocket attacks against Israel.