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Palestinian Official Says Abbas to Meet Israel's Livni


A senior Palestinian official says President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on the sidelines of an economic conference in Egypt.

Saeb Erekat said Thursday the meeting has been arranged for Sunday at the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Mark Regev, a spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry did not confirm the meeting, saying only that Livni's schedule has not been finalized.

A meeting between the two would be the first high-level contact between the parties since Hamas Islamists were swept to power in Palestinian elections in January.

Israel has boycotted the Hamas-led government and ruled out peace talks unless the militant group renounces violence, recognizes Israel's right to exist and accepts interim Israeli- Palestinian accords.

Hamas leaders say negotiations with Israel would be a waste of time.

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