Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr on Friday warned that preliminary Israeli plans to build thousands of new housing units across the Green Line in Jerusalem would "destroy any opportunity"  to resume peace negotiations, Egypt's Al Ahram reported.

Following a meeting with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Amr revealed that the "The Palestinian issue was one of the most important issues we discussed," and also confirmed that Egypt was still mediating talks to implement the terms of the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation deal.

According to Al Ahram, an Egyptian Foreign Ministry official on 19 December directly condemned the prospective Israeli construction plans in a meeting with Ambassador to Egypt Yaakov Amitai.

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