WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit Egypt this month for talks with the country's a new Islamist president, and will follow that with a stop in Israel to discuss Middle East peace efforts, the State Department said on Thursday.
Clinton's Mideast stops come at the end of a marathon trip that will start off in Paris on Friday with a meeting of the "Friends of Syria" group of Western and Arab nations that have sought unsuccessfully to curb the worsening Syrian crisis.
In Paris, Clinton will also meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the Middle East peace process, which US officials have been trying to revive following the breakdown in direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in late 2010.
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