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Arab FMs meet on efforts to revive the stalled Mideast peace process
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18:00, July 30, 2007

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An emergency Arab foreign ministerial meeting on Monday started at the Arab League (AL) headquarters here on Monday to tackle on efforts to revive the stalled Mideast peace process.

The participants are expected to discuss a report submitted by Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit and his Jordanian counterpart Abdel Ilah Khatib on the outcome of their recent visit to Israel.

Their visit on Wednesday, which was seen as a "historic" step as it marked the first time the 22-member AL sent its representatives to Israel, was aimed to promote the Arab Peace Initiative adopted by 19th Arab summit in March in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

U.S. President George W. Bush's overture to convene an international peace conference in this Autumn to tackle important issues in the Middle East will also be top on the agenda.

Palestinian Prime Minister-designate Salam Fayyad, who doubles as Foreign Minister of the Ramallah-based Palestinian caretaker government, is also present at the emergency meeting.

Before the ministerial meeting, an Arab fact-finding committee on events in the Gaza Strip held a meeting Monday morning at the Cairo-based AL headquarters under the chairmanship of Tunisia to tackle reports by various bodies on the developments in Gaza.

Source: Xinhua

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