Mitchell: All parties in ME must work for peace

Mitchell meets Egyptian

mitchell mubarak cairo 248 88 ap (photo credit: AP)
mitchell mubarak cairo 248 88 ap
(photo credit: AP)
US Mideast envoy George Mitchell met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo Thursday afternoon, according to a Reuters report. The meeting came as part of a US effort to restart Arab-Israeli peace negotiations. Mitchell also met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit and Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, after which he told reporters, "We reiterated the shared commitment of the United States and Egypt to comprehensive peace in the Middle East including an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on a two-state solution." He added that the US was asking "all the parties, - Israelis, Palestinians and the Arab states - to take responsibility for peace through concrete actions that will help create a positive context for the relaunch of negotiations." Mitchell was also set to meet Jordan's King Abdullah. He will meet Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Friday, having already met with him on Tuesday and Wednesday. In their Wednesday meeting, Netanyahu and Mitchell failed to reach an agreement on the West Bank settlement issue. Such an agreement between the White House and Jerusalem could allow for a much-touted tripartite meeting between Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly next week. Abbas has said repeatedly he will not negotiate again until there is a complete settlement freeze, something Netanyahu has declared he will not do. Herb Keinon contributed to this report