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Mubarak meets Rice, Gates on regional situation
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07:52, August 01, 2007

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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak conferred on Tuesday with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defence Secretary Robert Gates in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on efforts to revive the Middle East peace process.

The talks focused on the Palestinian issue and U.S. President George W. Bush's call for holding an international peace conference in this fall to promote the Middle East peace process, as well as the issues of Iraq and Darfur in western Sudan, Egypt's Presidential Spokesman Suleiman Awad told the media.

Rice, who arrived here earlier on Tuesday, also held talks with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) foreign ministers along with their Egyptian and Jordanian counterparts, Ahmed Abul Gheit and Abdel Ilah Khatib on means of reviving the Middle East peace process.

In a final communique after the meeting, the foreign ministers voiced their commitment to coordinating efforts for pushing up the Middle East peace process, reiterating their shared vision of a stable, peaceful and prosperous Middle East.

The meetings came just one day after the Arab foreign ministers emergency meeting on Monday expressed support to the positive points of U.S. President George W. Bush's call for an international Mideast peace conference.

After the meetings in Egypt, Rice and Gates will also visit Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Palestinian territories during their four-day Mideast tour.

Source: Xinhua

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