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South Africa Sends Representative to Middle East Peace Conference

South Africa is sending a representative to next week's Middle East peace conference in the U.S. city of Annapolis, Maryland near Washington.

In a statement Saturday the South African government says Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will participate in the summit designed to find a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry says South Africa hopes to share its experience transitioning from apartheid to democracy as part of the international effort to achieve peace in the Middle East.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are scheduled to attend the peace summit.

Saudi Arabia which has no diplomatic ties with Israel will also be in attendance.

The U.S. State Department says Washington has invited some 50 nations and entities to the conference to be held Tuesday.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.