Abbas praises Tantawi for Egypt's role in Schalit deal

October 22, 2011 18:21


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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday met with the leader of Egypt's Supreme Military Council, praising Egypt's part in facilitating the deal to release Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Abbas told Gen.Mohamed Tantawi that the PA "is relieved that Schalit’s file is finally closed, because it was being used as an excuse by Israel and other parties to hinder the peace process.”

According to the report, the two leaders also discussed steps to secure the release of nine female Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails who were not released as part of the Schalit deal.

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