U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton receives a bouquet and a kiss from Israeli President Shimon Peres during her visit to Jerusalem, where she met with a succession of Israeli leaders. She announced at a news conference U.S. plans to send two diplomats to Syria for exploratory talks with the government in Damascus. Though the outcome of the talks is uncertain, Clinton said, it is a worthwhile effort to go and begin discussions.
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