French FM begins 4-day Mideast tour to boost peace process

September 10, 2007 17:50


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France's Foreign Minister was leaving Monday on a Middle Eastern trip aimed at helping restart the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the ministry said. Bernard Kouchner is to travel to Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon over four days, it said. On his first stop, Israel, Kouchner is to meet with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, President Shimon Peres, the foreign and defense ministers, as well as opposition Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu. He is to meet in the West Bank with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salaam Fayad and also with ex-British premier Tony Blair, now the representative of the "Quartet" of Middle East mediators.

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