The U.S. Middle East envoy says the Obama administration will exert
"great energy" in pursuit of a two-state solution to the
Envoy George Mitchell says a
comprehensive Middle East peace is not only in the interests of Israel,
the Palestinians and other countries in the region, but is also
important to the United States and people around the world.
He spoke after meeting Saturday with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo, the latest stop on his Middle East tour.
An Egyptian state-run news agency (MENA) quotes Mr. Mubarak as saying there is no alternative to the two-state solution.
the United States has been promoting the two-state solution, Israel's
new government has expressed concerns about the idea of Palestinian
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu favors improving
economic conditions in the Palestinian territories over conceding land
and other previously agreed to aspects of the peace process.
has also called on the Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish
state. Palestinian leaders refuse to do so, in recognition of the 20
percent of the Israeli population that is Arab.
In the West Bank
Friday, Mitchell said a "two-state solution is the only solution" to
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He spoke after meeting with
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and other officials.
is scheduled to end his Middle East tour with a visit to the Gulf
region. He began his tour on Monday in Morocco and followed with stops
in Algeria, Tunisia, Israel, the West Bank and Egypt.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.