Rice: invitations haven't been issued yet

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice did an interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in Nashville, Tennessee on 13 November 2007. Here is an excerpt:

QUESTION: We’ve seen reports that it looks like now the Annapolis meeting is going to be a day [just one day]. That’s what’s being reported.

SECRETARY RICE: Well, let’s wait to — first, to call it; and secondly, to invite people; and then to schedule it.

QUESTION: So it’s not even safe to say that it’s definitely happening?

SECRETARY RICE: Oh, it’s going to happen.

QUESTION: Okay.

SECRETARY RICE: But look, we’ll look at the scheduling for it. I don’t expect it to be going on for several days, most certainly.

QUESTION: Okay.

SECRETARY RICE: It’s, after all, an opportunity to launch a process, not to try and conclude it at Annapolis.
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