US-Set Middle East Peace Deadline Expires

London, April 29 (QNA) -A US deadline for peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians has ended without an agreement being reached.

Talks resumed in July after a three-year hiatus but made little progress.

The latest round was halted by Israel last week after the main Palestinian factions announced a political pact.

The failure of the talks puts into doubt the achievement of a two-state solution, reported the BBC.

Talks between the two sides were already troubled after repeated disagreements over settlement building and the release of prisoners.

Negotiations were suspended by Israel after the two main Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, signed a reconciliation deal last Wednesday.

The agreement calls for a unity government within weeks.(QNA)

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