U.S. envoy arrives in Cairo for talks with Mubarak

07:51, July 19, 2010      

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U.S. Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell arrived in Cairo on Sunday on a brief visit during which he will hold talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit.

Mitchell's talks with Mubarak are expected to focus on the progress of proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinians, state-run MENA news agency said.

Following a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Saturday in Ramallah, Mitchell said that making peace in the Middle East is difficult.

Mitchell is leading indirect negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, hoping to convince them of issues related to the borders of the future Palestinian statehood and security in the region by September.

But Mitchell and the U.S. administration are eager to let the two sides move to face-to-face negotiations even before the four- month ultimatum of the proximity talks.

Source: Xinhua


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