Septet, PM to meet to discuss Mitchell talks proposal

Netanyahu meets with inner cabinet as US Mideast envoy seeks to renew separate, but "parallel," indirect talks between Israel, the Palestinians.

Netanyahu and George Mitchell 311 (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Netanyahu and George Mitchell 311
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the seven member ministerial forum known as the 'Septet' was set to meet Thursday morning to discuss the return to indirect proximity peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority proposed US Middle East envoy George Mitchell.
According to an AFP report published Wednesday, Mitchell said that he intended to pursue "substantive" negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
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"In the days ahead our discussions with both sides will be substantive, two way conversations with an eye towards making real progress in the next few months on the key questions of an eventual framework agreement," Mitchell was quoted as saying.
The US envoy was speaking in Cairo following talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
He said that US aims to "pursue a framework agreement that would establish the fundamental compromises on all permanent status issues... (to) pave the way for a final peace treaty."