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Mubarak Meets Israeli, Palestinian Leaders in Separate Cairo Talks


Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak held separate talks in Cairo Sunday with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, as well as the US Middle East peace envoy.

Sunday's meetings focused on ways to encourage the two sides to return to direct negotiations.

The Associated Press quotes Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit as saying the basis to move from indirect to direct talks is still "lacking."

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said he won't negotiate directly with Israel until there is progress on issues including borders, security and Israeli settlement construction.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he wants to move to direct talks.

US envoy George Mitchell has been in the region for indirect talks with both Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Abbas.

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

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