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The US secretary of state has said the upcoming Middle East peace summit must address substantive issues and advance the cause of a Palestinian state.
Condoleezza Rice said there was no point inviting the Israelis and the Palestinians to the conference, expected in November, just for show.
Ms Rice made the comments after holding talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.
Rice is visiting the region and has already met several Israeli leaders, before meeting Abbas on Thursday.
The meeting between Rice and Abbas took place in West Bank a day after Israel declared Gaza 'hostile territory' - a measure that could result in disruption of fuel and electricity to the region.