The first Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in seven years got off to a shaky start Wednesday after Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas restarted the effort at a peace conference two weeks ago in Annapolis, Md.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and newly elected Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have agreed to a face-to-face meeting next week in Egypt to discuss ways to implement the internationally backed "road map" for peace in the Middle East.