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Photostream : U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pose for photographers before their meeting in New York, November 11, 2010. Getty Images / REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pose for photographers before their meeting in New York, November 11, 2010. Getty Images / REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in New York, November 11, 2010. Getty Images / REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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Photostream : Indonesia's Mount Merapi spews volcanic material

Mount Merapi spews volcanic material as seen from Argomulyo, Indonesia, Thursday, Nov 11, 2010.(Getty Images / AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi)

Rescuers search for victims of the eruption of Mount Merapi at Cangkringan, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. Indonesia's deadly volcano spit out towering clouds of ash but with clear skies over the capital, hundreds of miles (kilometers) to the west, international airlines resumed flights Thursday. (Getty Images / AP Photo/Gembong Nusantara)

Mount Merapi spews volcanic material as seen from Klaten, Indonesia, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. Indonesia's deadly volcano spit out towering clouds of ash but with clear skies over the capital, hundreds of miles (kilometers) to the west, international airlines resumed flights Thursday. (Getty Images /AP Photo)

Volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Merapi covers Ketep village in Magelang, Indonesia, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. (Getty Images / AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Rescuers from Indonesian Elite Forces (KOPASSUS) search for victims of the eruption of Mount Merapi at Cangkringan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia on Thursday Nov. 11, 2010. (Getty Images / AP Photo/Gembong Nusantara)

Rescuers from Indonesian Elite Forces (KOPASSUS) search for victims of the eruption of Mount Merapi at Cangkringan, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. Indonesia's deadly volcano spit out towering clouds of ash but with clear skies over the capital, hundreds of miles (kilometers) to the west, international airlines resumed flights Thursday. (Getty Images / AP Photo/Gembong Nusantara)

Indonesian soldiers (TNI) clean volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Merapi covering Borobudur temple in Magelang, Indonesia, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. (Getty Images / AP Photo/Trisnadi)

Villagers clear the ash clogging the Batang river following Mount Merapi's eruption near Dukun in central Java on November 11, 2010. Indonesia's most active volcano Mount Merapi was shooting clouds of ash high into the sky today after a series of major eruptions, and an alert status remains in force, an official said (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Motorcylists ride through the devastated village of Dukun, near Magelang following Mount Merapi's eruption on November 11, 2010. Indonesia's most active volcano Mount Merapi was shooting clouds of ash high into the sky today after a series of major eruptions, and an alert status remains in force, an official said (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

 
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Photostream : Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard meets with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Seoul

 

 

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, greets Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard before their meeting on the sideline of the G20 summit in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. (Getty Images / AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service)

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (R) meets with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard as part of the G20 Summit in Seoul, November 11, 2010. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Dmitry Astakhov/RIA Novosti/Kremlin )

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, meets with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on the sideline of the G20 summit in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. (Getty Images /AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service)

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (R) meets Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard as part of the G20 Summit in Seoul, November 11, 2010. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Dmitry Astakhov/RIA Novosti/Kremlin )

 
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Photostream : British Prime Minister David Cameron meets with Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev in Seoul

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (3rd L) arrives for a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron before the G20 summit in Seoul, November 11, 2010. World leaders are gathering in Seoul on Thursday and Friday for the Group of 20 summit aimed at safeguarding the global economic recovery and defusing trade and currency tensions. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Darren Staples )

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, greets Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron before their meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. (Getty Images / AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, meets with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron on the sideline of the G20 summit in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. (Getty Images / AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service)

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) meets with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev before the G20 summit in Seoul, November 11, 2010. World leaders are gathering in Seoul on Thursday and Friday for the Group of 20 summit aimed at safeguarding the global economic recovery and defusing trade and currency tensions. (Getty Images /REUTERS/Darren Staples )

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, meets with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron on the sideline of the G20 summit in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. (Getty Images / AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service)

 
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PM Cameron to visit Russia next year as sign of thaw

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron gestures as he attends a Remembrance Day ceremony at the War Memorial Gloster Valley, at Solma-ri north of Seoul on November 11, 2010 before the start of the G20 Summit. (Photo by PARK JI-HWAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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November 11, 2010 (KATAKAMI / Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday he would visit Russia next year, signalling an improvement in ties after a freeze caused by the murder of a Kremlin critic in London in 2006.

“I’m very pleased to take up the invitation of a visit to Russia next year,” Cameron told reporters after a meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the G20 summit in South Korea.

Diplomatic ties between the two countries fell to a post-Cold War low after Moscow refused to extradite the man Britain wants to put on trial for the 2006 murder of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko using the highly toxic polonium-210 isotope.

The killing was not mentioned by Medvedev and Cameron who said they focussed on G20, North Korea, Iran, the upcoming NATO summit and economic cooperation.

“It has been a very positive meeting. I think we will have many more like this as we see a strengthening of the British-Russian relationship which I am keen to see,” Cameron said in a statement.

Cameron took office in May at the head of a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government. His Foreign Secretary William Hague visited Moscow last month as part of efforts to rebuild relations and met Medvedev.

“We have recently managed to advance on a number of issues, cooperating very closely,” Medvedev said.

 
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Photostream : G20 summit opens in Seoul

South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak is seen on stage during his speech at the opening plenary session of the G20 CEO Summit in Seoul November 11, 2010. Lee said on Thursday there remained a divide in opinion between G20 members on the issue of indicative guidelines for the reduction of current account imbalances. (Getty Images / REUTERS / Aly Song )

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak makes a speech during the opening session of the G-20 Business Summit at Sheraton Walker Hill on November 11, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. World leaders converged on Seoul for the fifth meeting of the G20 group of nations to discuss the global financial system and world economy. South Korea is the first non G-8 country to host the G-20 summit. (Photo by Yonhap News via Getty Images)

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron talks with South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak (R) in Seoul, November 11, 2010, on the first day of the G20 Summit. World leaders are gathering in Seoul on Thursday and Friday for the Group of 20 summit aimed at safeguarding the global economic recovery and defusing trade and currency tensions. (Getty Images /REUTERS/Yonhap )

British Prime Minister David Cameron talks with South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak during their meeting during day one of the 2010 G20 Summit on November 11, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. World leaders converged on Seoul for the fifth meeting of the G20 group of nations to discuss the global financial system and world economy. South Korea is the first non G-8 country to host the G-20 summit. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

British Prime Minister David Cameron talks with South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak during their meeting during day one of the 2010 G20 Summit on November 11, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. World leaders converged on Seoul for the fifth meeting of the G20 group of nations to discuss the global financial system and world economy. South Korea is the first non G-8 country to host the G-20 summit. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, left, and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak attend a Korea-Russia Dialogue conference in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, on the eve of the G20 summit. Medevev is on an official visit to South Korea. (Getty Images / AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service, Pool)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) and his South Korean counterpart Lee Myung-Bak (L) arrive for a dinner at the presidential Cheong Wa Dae office in Seoul on November 10, 2010 on the eve of the G20 Summit. World leaders on November 11 start two days of summit talks dominated by an ill-tempered drive to rebalance the lopsided global economy and resolve fractious currency disputes. (Photo by KIM JAE-HWAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (C) delivers a speech at a Trade and Investment session during the G20 CEO Summit in Seoul November 11, 2010. World leaders are gathering in Seoul on Thursday and Friday for the Group of 20 summit aimed at safeguarding the global economic recovery and defusing trade and currency tensions. (Getty Images / REUTERS / Firdia Lisnawati/Pool )

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands with South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak (L) at the presidential Blue House in Seoul November 11, 2010. After weeks of running battles on trade and currencies, G20 leaders start what promises to be a stormy summit on November 11-12 devoted to recalibrating huge distortions in the world economy. (Photo by LEE JAE-WON/AFP/Getty Images)

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, right, and Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard walk together before their talk in Seoul, South Korea Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. (Getty Images / AP Photo/Yonhap News Agency)

South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak (R) shakes hands with Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard at the presidential Blue House in Seoul November 10, 2010 on the eve of the G20 Summit. World leaders will gather in Seoul on November 11-12 for a Group of 20 summit aimed at safeguarding the global economic recovery and defusing trade and currency tensions. (Photo by LEE JAE-WON/AFP/Getty Images)

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (R) and EU President Herman Van Rompuy (back L) take part in a joint press conference at the venue for the G20 Summit in Seoul on November 11, 2010. G20 leaders later in the day will meet in what promises to be a stormy summit on November 11-12 devoted to recalibrating huge distortions in the world economy. (Photo by TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

Herman Van Rompuy (L), President of the European Council and Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, President of the European Commission, attend a news conference during day one of the 2010 G20 Summit on November 11, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. World leaders converged on Seoul for the fifth meeting of the G20 group of nations to discuss the global financial system and world economy. South Korea is the first non G-8 country to host the G-20 summit. (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)

Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner speaks during the G20 Business Summit in Seoul November 11, 2010. World leaders are gathering in Seoul on Thursday and Friday for the Group of 20 summit aimed at safeguarding the global economic recovery and defusing trade and currency tensions. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Aly Song )

Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero delivers a speech at a Green Growth session of the G20 Business Summit in Seoul November 11, 2010. World leaders are gathering in Seoul on Thursday and Friday for the Group of 20 summit aimed at safeguarding the global economic recovery and defusing trade and currency tensions. (Getty Images /REUTERS / Hoang Dinh Nam/Pool )

A general view shows a 'Green Growth' session of the G20 Business summit in Seoul on November 11, 2010. After weeks of running battles on trade and currencies, G20 leaders start what promises to be a stormy summit on November 11-12 devoted to recalibrating huge distortions in the world economy (Photo by HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan waves as he arrives at the airport in Seoul November 11, 2010. World leaders are gathering in Seoul on Thursday and Friday for the Group of 20 summit aimed at safeguarding the global economic recovery and defusing trade and currency tensions. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco )

 
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Hillary Clinton, Israeli PM Netanyahu to meet amid settlement row

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on before a meeting in Washington, DC, on August 31, 2010. The Obama administration geared up for a bold bid to relaunch direct Palestinian-Israeli peace talks and clinch a peace deal within a year as Middle East leaders arrived in Washington (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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November 11, 2010 (KATAKAMI / THE AGE.COM.AU) — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday amid new strains between the two allies over Jewish settlements, further clouding hopes to renew peace talks.

Ahead of the talks, President Barack Obama and Clinton led global criticism over Israel’s latest plans to build 1,300 houses in occupied east Jerusalem, where the Palestinian wish to form the capital of their future state.

Netanyahu dismissed the international response as “overblown,” with his office saying on Tuesday there was “no connection between the peace process and the planning and building policies in Jerusalem.”

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Peace talks ground to a halt in September shortly after their launch when a 10-month Israeli moratorium on West Bank settlement construction expired, with the Palestinians refusing to talk until the ban is reimposed.

This week’s announcement prompted Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Wednesday to call on the United Nations Security Council to urgently debate Israeli settlement building, again complicating the US task.

Warning against “unilateral steps” and expressing “deep disappointment” with the Israeli move, Clinton nevertheless sought to remain upbeat as Washington struggles to find middle ground that will allow to resume the peace talks.

“We still believe a positive outcome is both possible and necessary,” she told a press conference in Washington.

Obama has made kick-starting the deadlocked Middle East peace process a central plank of his foreign policy and Clinton refused to give up hope.

“I remain convinced that both Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas want to realize the two-state solution,” Clinton said.

Netanyahu said he was going to discuss with Clinton “how to move towards a broad understanding of an agreement with the Palestinians and perhaps others in the Arab world based on security.”

According to a senior Israeli official, the premier will raise “the need to reach broad understandings between Israel and the United States on Israel’s security needs in a peace agreement.”

Netanyahu has insisted Israel will maintain a military presence along the eastern border of the future Palestinian state.

Aaron David Miller, a Middle East expert at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, said Netanyahu was likely to remain defiant.

The premier is determined “to make it unmistakably clear to the Americans that Jerusalem was never a part of this understanding and will not be a part of it in the future. There’s no question that he’s prepared to stand his ground,” Miller told AFP.

Netanyahu believes that the Obama administration will not make settlements a “make or break issue” as they prefer to focus on the details of a future peace agreement, Miller said.

“The administration got itself on the wrong track by concentrating on settlements and not on dealing with the core issues. And now they are boxed in.”

In Jerusalem, visiting US Senator John Kerry warned that the moment for Middle East peace was in danger of slipping away.

“The window of opportunity for a comprehensive peace is closing, narrowing is the best way to put it,” he told reporters at a meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres.

“This is a moment for statesmanship, it is a moment to try and define the opportunities and move forward rapidly.”

 
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