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Egypt, Jordan work to thaw Israeli-Palestinian negotiations

Officials from Egypt, Jordan and Palestine are meeting in intense efforts to end the stalemate over the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) speaks with with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as they pose for a family a photo at the opening of the Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government during the 30th annual African Union summit in Addis Ababa on January 28, 2018.  / AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA        (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP via Getty Images)

CAIRO — Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas met Nov. 30 in Cairo, where they agreed on the need for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations to resume.  They also agreed to hold an international peace conference next year bringing together Israel, Palestine and other international parties as well as to advance the Palestinian reconciliation process sponsored by Cairo. Hamas’ political bureau welcomed the announcement.

Israel's Maariv newspaper reported Nov. 30 that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Cairo in the coming weeks to meet with Sisi, but a date has not yet been set. According to the paper, officials from the two countries are working to arrange Netanyahu’s visit to Cairo.

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