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Abbas in Egypt Following White House Talks

Egyptian state media report Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has arrived in Cairo for talks with his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak.

The official MENA news agency said Mr. Abbas came to Cairo Friday from Washington, where he met with President Barack Obama to discuss Middle East peace efforts. The Palestinian leader is expected to brief Mr. Mubarak on those discussions Saturday.

Mr. Abbas urged the U.S. president to press Israel to stop settlement activity - a point Mr. Obama agreed on.

Mr. Obama added that Palestinians must to do their share to promote peace by providing security in the West Bank and reducing anti-Israeli sentiment in schools and mosques.

Mr. Mubarak had also been scheduled to meet with President Obama in Washington earlier this week, but canceled the trip after the death of his grandson.

Mr. Obama is scheduled to travel to the Middle East next week, with stops in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. He is to give a speech from Cairo directed to the global Muslim community on June 4.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.