September 13th, 2011
12:02 PM ET

U.S.: Top two Mideast officials headed back to region

The top two American officials dealing with Middle East peace talks are headed back to the region, U.S. officials said Tuesday in a sign that flagging negotiations might be revived.

David Hale, the special envoy for Middle East peace, and Dennis Ross of the National Security Council are returning to the Mideast, the officials said.

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have been stalled for a number of months, and tensions between the two have escalated recently. On August 21, Richard Serry, the United Nations' special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, issued a statement saying he was concerned about the situation, "in particular the escalation of violence in Gaza and southern Israel."

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