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Egypt hosts three-way Arab summit ahead of Mideast peace conference
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08:23, November 23, 2007

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Egyptian, Jordanian and Palestinian leaders on Thursday held a three-way summit in Egypt's Red Sea resort Sharm el-Sheikh to coordinate stances in advance of an upcoming international conference on Mideast peace, local media reported.

The summit involving Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordanian King Abdullah IItackled means of relaunching the stalled Mideast peace process as well as preparation for the peace conference due on Tuesday in Annapolis, the United States, said Egypt's Nile TV and MENA news agency.

Also on the agenda of the summit were ways of easing Palestinian people's suffering and facilitating the wheel of economic development in the Palestinian territories, said the reports.

Earlier on Thursday, Mubarak met King Abdullah II in Sharm el-Sheikh to discuss preparations for the Annapolis meeting.

As an active mediator in regional peace and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Egypt has been working hard to render the Mideast conference a success.

During the talks with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Tuesday at Sharm el-Sheikh, Mubarak voiced his hope that the Annapolis conference would end the Mideast peace process deadlock.

On Wednesday, Mubarak met Quartet Envoy Tony Blair and stressed the importance of easing down the sufferings of the Palestinians and improving their daily lives as a condition for rallying necessary Palestinian support for the peace efforts.

In the same day, Egypt received an invitation from the United States to attend the Annapolis conference. Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit is expected to head for Washington on Nov. 25 to attend the conference.

The U.S. State Department announced Tuesday evening that the Mideast peace conference will be held in Annapolis, Maryland, on Nov. 27.

Some 49 countries, institutions and individuals, including some selected Arab states and other key nations with a stake in the Mideast peace process, were invited to the international meeting, said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack.


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