In Amman, Rice also met Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, for a second time, and will travel to Jerusalem for another round of talks with Ehud Olmert, the Israeli president.

 

Israelis protest

 

In a move to embarrass the Israeli government as Rice visits the region, evicted Israeli settlers marched to the West Bank city of Homesh to try reclaim their homes.

 

Al Jazeera's Walid Batrawi said that the protest is a symbolic move.

 

Around 300 Israeli settlers, evicted from Homesh in 2005, organised the protest as more than 1,000 Israeli officers and soldiers gathered to stop the protesters.

 

As soldiers prevented the settlers from entering Homesh in vehicles, they are now trying to enter by foot, Batrawi said.

 

He said clashes between the settlers and security forces are not expected. However, the Israeli army has said it will use force if settlers stay overnight.

 

Al Jazeera's David Chater said that the number of settlers is expected to reach 700 as the protest continues.

 

Around 30 settler families want to stay overnight in Homesh, Chater said.