Peres and Mubarak hold talks

Middle East peace high on agenda of meeting between Israeli and Egyptian presidents.

    Israel is relying on Egypt to broker a deal with Hamas for the release of the detained soldier Shalit [Reuters]

    Peres is expected to return to Israel on Sunday evening. 
     
    The visit comes a day after Mubarak was quoted by the Kuwait News Agency as accusing Israel of undermining the peace process.

    "You are placing new obstacles in the path to peace through your call to recognise the Jewish character of the state, to negotiate on interim borders for the Palestinian state and ruling out al-Quds from the final status negotiations," Mubarak reportedly said.

    He also urged Israel to lift the siege of Gaza and to answer calls for peace "within a specified time frame and [with] clear guarantees".

    Egypt, which has been working to mediate reconciliation between Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah, has not lost hope, Mubarak was quoted as saying.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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