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U.S. envoy in Cairo for latest efforts to save Mideast talks

10-03-2010 08:16 BJT

CAIRO, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- U.S. peace envoy George Mitchell arrived here Saturday within the framework of his Middle East tour meant to save the direct negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides in view of Israel's refusal to extend the moratorium on settlement construction.

Mitchell is scheduled to meet with Egyptian Foreign Ministry officials to post them on the outcome of his tour, Egypt's official MENA news agency reported.

Mitchell has held talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to overcome the current stalemate.

The Palestinian leadership on Saturday decided not to continue peace talks with Israel over a dispute on Jewish settlement policy in the West Bank.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to extend the freeze in fear of loosing his governmental coalition.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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