First Published: 2006-05-19

 
Israeli FM, Peres to meet Abbas in Egypt
 

Palestinian leader’s meeting with Livni in Sharm el-Sheikh will be highest-level contact since Hamas came to power.

 

Middle East Online

The meeting on Sunday

JERUSALEM - Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni will Sunday meet Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas at an economic forum in Egypt, the highest-level such contact since Hamas won a January election, her office said.

"Mrs Livni and Mr Abbas will meet on Sunday in a meeting in which Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres will participate," foreign ministry spokesman Mark Regev said.

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat confirmed to AFP that Abbas and Livni, who is official number two to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, would meet on the margins of the economic forum in Sharm el-Sheikh on Sunday.

The Abbas-Livni meeting will mark the highest-level contact between the Palestinian leader and an Israeli official since Hamas won January's elections and went on to form a government for the Palestinian Authority.

Abbas, a moderate from the former ruling Fatah faction, is committed to a negotiated settlement to the Middle East conflict despite the rise to power of Hamas which refuses to recognise Israel's right to exist nor renounce violence.

As president of the Palestinian Authority and chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), peace negotiations are the responsibility of Abbas rather than Hamas.

 

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