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Blair in Cairo For Talks with Mubarak on Middle East Peace Efforts


British Prime Minister Tony Blair is in Egypt to discuss ways to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Mr. Blair held talks in Cairo Saturday with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, whose government is a key mediator between Israel and the Palestinians.

The British leader welcomed a call from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to hold new elections. He said it is a sign that Mr. Abbas is seeking to overcome a deadlock amid rising tensions between his Fatah party and Hamas.

Mr. Blair also called on the international community to support Mr. Abbas in order to boost peace efforts.

After leaving Cairo, Mr. Blair is to travel to Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Friday, Mr. Blair was in Ankara for talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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