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Sharon, Abbas to Meet in Egypt Next Week


Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office says the Israeli leader has accepted an Egyptian invitation to meet Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas next week in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Mr. Sharon's office said Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is to host the summit Tuesday, which would be the highest-level Israeli-Palestinian meeting in nearly four years.

There was no immediate comment from the Palestinians.

And in Cairo, an senior Egyptian official said was too early to talk about a summit.

A summit has been expected since Mr. Abbas, who was elected to succeed late Yasser Arafat last month, took steps to stop Palestinian militants from attacking Israelis.

Israel responded by cutting back on military operations. Israel is also discussing plans for a pullback from several West Bank cities .

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