British Prime Minister Tony Blair says reinvigorating the Middle East peace process will be a key part of talks later this week with President Bush.
Addressing Parliament in London today (Monday), Mr. Blair said the peace process lost momentum during the U.S. presidential election. He pledged to make revival of the process his personal priority.
Asked if a new initiative could come out of the talks with Mr. Bush, the British prime minister said the two leaders would instead discuss ways of moving the process forward. He said it was more important to establish -- in his words -- "a signal of intent" and to restore momentum in the peace process.
Mr. Blair arrives in Washington this Thursday for two days of talks with Mr. Bush.