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Rice, Arab FMs voice commitment to coordinating efforts for Mideast peace
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07:52, August 01, 2007

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Some Arab countries and the United States renewed on Tuesday their commitment to coordinating efforts for advancing the stalled Mideast peace process, Egypt's official MENA news agency reported.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is on a four-day visit to the Middle East, and eight foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan and the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states voiced the commitment in a final communique after their talks at Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

In the communique, the top diplomats reaffirmed their pledges to work together to achieve the common goal of restoring peace in the Middle East, according to MENA.

Sharing the vision of a stable, peaceful and prosperous Middle East, the foreign ministers reiterated their commitment to a two- state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, said the communique.

The communique said the foundation for such an outcome includes UN Security Council resolutions 242, 338 and 1515, and the Arab Peace Initiative, which calls to end the Israeli occupation since 1967 and establish a Palestinian state living in peace with all its neighbors.

Rice and U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Egypt earlier in the morning in a rare duo visit to the Middle East to rally support for an American proposal to hold an international peace conference to impel the Middle East peace process.

On July 16, U.S. President George W. Bush proposed to hold an international conference later this year that will group Israel, the Palestinians and some neighboring Arab states to help resume the stalled Middle East peace talks.

After meeting with the eight Arab foreign ministers in Egypt, Rice will also go to Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Palestinian territories to continue her Mideast trip.

Source: Xinhua

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