Sarkozy, Blair discuss Mideast peace process

08:31, October 12, 2010      

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Tony Blair, the special envoy of Middle East Quartet, talked about re-launching the peace process in the disputes-fulfilled region, the Elysee Palace said Monday.

They discussed the role that international community is playing in the peace process concerning Israel and Palestine, the presidency statement said without elaborating more details.

Sarkozy invited late last month Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to France to further discuss the issue before the next Mediterranean union summit.

Earlier reports said the second summit of the Mediterranean union was postponed to November in Barcelona, Spain

Recent remarks by Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit suggested Cairo would be the venue to promote Middle East peace talks. But he said the date of the upcoming summit is not yet decided.

The direct peace talks between Israel and Palestine halted after Israel refused to renew its moratorium of settlement freeze.

The Palestinian authority and its Arab League members agreed to suspend the negotiation until the United States persuaded Israel to stop Jewish settlement activities.

Source: Xinhua


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