The following is a partial list of confirmed invitees to a U.S.-sponsored peace conference set to take place in Annapolis, Maryland, according to officials, who provided it on condition of anonymity ahead of the formal announcement of the conference:
The United States, host, to be represented by President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.Israel, to be represented by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.Palestinians, to be represented by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and senior officials.
Members of the international diplomatic quartet on the Middle East other than the United States:The United Nations, to be represented by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.The European Union, expected to be represented by EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and External Affairs Commissioner Benita Ferraro-Waldner and Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the bloc.Russia, expected to be represented by Foreign Minister Sergei LavrovFormer British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the quartet special representative to the Palestinians.
Members of the Arab League committee tasked with pursuing a Saudi initiative for a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace deal:Arab League, to be represented by Secretary-General Amr Moussa.AlgeriaBahrainEgyptJordanLebanonMoroccoQatarSaudi ArabiaSudanSyriaTunisiaYemen
Other Arab nations:KuwaitIraqLibyaMauritaniaOmanUnited Arab Emirates
Members of the Group of Eight major industrialized countries not included in above categories:FranceGermanyBritainCanadaJapanItaly
Financial and other institutions:International Monetary FundWorld BankOrganization of the Islamic Conference