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Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas are to meet Tuesday to discuss final status issues.

The Israeli prime minister and Palestinian Authority president will hold the latest in their accelerated summits Tuesday, at Olmert’s Jerusalem residence, officials said.

Israel and the Palestinians revived peace talks at the Annapolis conference last November and vowed to reach an accord by 2009, but progress has been hampered by mutual distrust.

Olmert said in a speech Sunday that one of the toughest negotiating issues, the future status of Jerusalem, was not being discussed at this stage, with Abbas’ agreement.

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