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Clinton travels to Egypt for Middle East peace talks

09-14-2010 08:03 BJT

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday traveled to Egypt for a new round of direct peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, the State Department said in a statement.

The State Department said Clinton will participate in the talks in Sharm el-Sheikh, an Egyptian resort known for being the venues of international conferences, and she will also hold bilateral meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

During her trip which ends on Thursday, Clinton will hold bilateral meetings with Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian leaders in Jerusalem, Ramallah and Amman respectively, the statement said.

After they resumed direct talks in Washington on Sept. 2, the Israeli and Palestinian leaders agreed to hold the next round of negotiations on Tuesday and Wednesday in Egypt.

Whether the Israeli moratorium on West Bank settlement will be extended has posed the most immediate challenge to the fragile peace talks.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had vowed repeatedly that the talks will end if settlement building resumes.

But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is faced with a difficult political situation. Israeli settler leaders on Sunday expressed outrage over Netanyahu's hints of a partial continuation of the moratorium, threatening that its implementation would bring about a premature end to his tenure.

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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