Mubarak: Israeli 'terms and conditions' impeding progress to free Schalit

August 18, 2009 08:21


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Israeli "terms and conditions" are getting in the way of progress to free captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said in a PBS interview. Mubarak said his country was working hard to secure the soldier's release, and that German representatives were also involved in the effort. Schalit, who the Egyptian president referred to as "our prisoner," was captured by Palestinian operatives in June 2006, and has been held in the Gaza Strip since. "The deal or the agreement was to take care of Schalit and that Israel would release a number of prisoners, and when this is done we will hand over Schalit to the Israelis," Mubarak told the US television station. "We are still following this. Our intelligence organization is working on that, and we still have hope to conclude this on a good note."

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