Amos Gilad in Egypt for talks on Schalit's release

Amos Gilad, the Defense Ministry's diplomatic-military bureau chief, arrived in Cairo on Thursday for a brief visit during which he is to conduct talks with Egyptian Intelligence chief Omar Suleiman on the efforts to reach a deal with Hamas, which could lead to the release of abducted soldier Gilad Schalit, Arab media outlets said. Recent reports claimed that Israel and Hamas were about to renew talks on Schalit's release, though Hamas on Wednesday denied receiving any official announcement from Egypt on the topic.