Mubarak, U.S. vice president probe Mideast peacemaking efforts

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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden held talks on Monday in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on efforts to revive the Middle East peace process, state-run MENA news agency reported.

The talks tackled the development of the indirect negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel and ways of lifting the tight siege imposed on Gaza Strip.

Biden, who arrived in Egypt as his first leg of an African tour on Sunday, discussed with Mubarak ways of securing the entry of humanitarian aid into Gaza Strip that has been under tight siege since Hamas took control of the coastal enclave in June of 2007.

Biden's visit comes after a raid by Israel on a convoy of international humanitarian aid ships to Gaza last week, which killed nine people and threatened to stall U.S.-brokered proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

On Tuesday, Egyptian President Mubarak ordered to open the Rafah crossing for unlimited time to allow medical and humanitarian aid to the strip.

The talks also covered Egyptian efforts to achieve intra- Palestinian reconciliation, formation of new Iraqi government to bring about stability in the country, developments of the Iranian nuclear file as well as the current situation in Yemen, Somalia and Sudan.

Biden was scheduled to visit Egypt in March, but the trip was cancelled after Mubarak underwent a gallbladder surgery in Germany.

The U.S. vice president will also visit Kenya and South Africa where he will represent the United States at the World Cup opening ceremony.

Source: Xinhua


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