US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is due to announce Friday that Israel and the Palestinians will resume direct peace talks in Washington in early September, sources close to the talks said. President Barack Obama, who has pushed hard for reviving talks suspended since December 2008, would host the negotiations between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas, the sources said. A senior State Department official told AFP that Clinton will make a brief statement about the Middle East peace process at 11:00 am (1800 PST). The diplomatic Quartet of the United States, European Union, Russia and the United Nations will simultaneously invite Israeli and Palestinian leaders to resume direct talks, a source with direct knowledge of the talks told a foreign news agency. "The Palestinians and Israelis are expected to accept that invitation," the source said, confirming a report that the two sides have agreed to place a one-year limit on the talks.