PMO won't respond to report Schalit will be freed by end of Sept.

August 9, 2009 20:16


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The Prime Minister's Office announced Sunday night that it had no intention of responding to a Palestinian report that captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit would be released in a prisoner swap deal by the end of September. According to the Palestinian report, cited by Channel 2, the visit of a Hamas delegation in Cairo on Saturday, as well as a meeting convened by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of Israel's top officials, indicated significant progress in negotiations which would bring about Schalit's release by the end of Ramadan. On Friday, Netanyahu met with Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, and heads of the IDF General Staff and secret service in his Tel Aviv office. The content of the meeting was not disclosed. The Hamas delegation, led by senior official Mahmoud Zahar, met Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman in Cairo earlier Sunday. Upon the arrival of the delegation in Egypt on Saturday, Egyptian security officials said the meetings in Cairo would deal with Hamas-Fatah reconciliation, but they refused to say whether Schalit would also be on the agenda.

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