'All sides must advance peace process'

In Mubarak meeting, Netanyahu discusses Egyptian attempts to mediate a prisoner swap with Hamas.

September 13, 2009 21:43
'All sides must advance peace process'

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo on Sunday evening to discuss regional peace initiatives and kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit. "All sides - Israel, the Palestinians, Arab nations and the international community - must do their part in advancing the peace process," read a statement from Netanyahu's office following the meeting, in an apparent reference to gestures the Arab world might offer in exchange for a West Bank settlement freeze. The two also discussed Egypt's attempts to mediate a prisoner swap between Israel and Hamas, the statement said. The meeting was closed to the press. Army Radio reported that the prime minister was accompanied by Interior Minister Eli Yishai. On Sunday evening, Channel 2 reported that Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal was set to meet with Mubarak directly after his meeting with Netanyahu. Earlier on Sunday, before leaving for Cairo, Netanyahu said that one of the goals of the Egypt talks would be to narrow the gaps with the US over the conditions necessary to resume peacemaking with the Palestinians. AP contributed to this report

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