Mitchell: Normalization between Arabs, Israel 'further down the road'

July 27, 2009 15:06

Washington is not asking any Arab country to immediately achieve full normalization with Israel, but this will come during the peace process, US Mideast envoy George Mitchell said Monday. After talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Mitchell said that this normalization "will come further down the road in the process." Mitchell said he planned to meet many Arab leaders "to encourage them to take genuine steps toward normalization" of ties with Israel. He also asked Palestinians to "refrain" from "words or actions that might make meaningful and productive negotiations impossible." Mitchell has opened a new round of peace efforts in the region, visiting Israel on Sunday and earlier, Syria.

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