The exchange of 20 female Palestinian prisoners for proof that captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit is alive was designed to create "an atmosphere of trust," a senior Egyptian official said Wednesday.
"There is no doubt that this step will support the efforts of all sides to solve the problem," he said, speaking on condition of anonymity under security guidelines.
The exchange, which will be carried out Friday, was the first tangible sign of movement in talks that have dragged on for more than three years over Schalit's release.
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