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Palestinian PM to meet Israeli defense minister soon: official

07-01-2010 08:14 BJT

RAMALLAH, June 30 (Xinhua) -- A Palestinian official announced Wednesday that Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad will meet with Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak in the coming days.

Ghassan al-Khatib, spokesman for the Palestinian government in Ramallah, told Xinhua that though no date has been set for the meeting, he expected it might be held in the next few days.

"The objective of the meeting is to talk over the blockade of Gaza and the daily raids of the Israeli forces and settlers on the West Bank," he said.

The meeting will not tackle the peace process, al-Khatib noted.

Early on Wednesday, Barak told a joint press conference with U. S. envoy to the region George Mitchell that he would meet with Fayyad soon, saying they would discuss education and economic issues.

In May, the United States mediated Palestinian-Israeli indirect proximity talks that aim at bringing the two sides together to resume direct talks.

Direct negotiations came to a halt when Israel launched a military operation on the Gaza Strip in December 2008.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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