Only NBC filed a report on diplomacy in the region. Andrea Mitchell accompanied Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Riyadh after she had organized peace talks on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict between Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority. The State Department contradicted Mitchell's suggestion that Rice was making the effort as a "trade-off" for Egyptian support for the US troop reinforcement in Baghdad. Mitchell was skeptical that the Olmert-Abbas talks would amount to anything: even if they reached a deal, "they might not be able to sell it to their own people or rival factions in their governments."
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