Egypt has agreed with the international Quartet for Middle East
peace to hold a meeting in the country's Red Sea resort Sharm
el-Sheikh this month, an Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman said
Alaa el-Hadidi said the meeting will be attended by Israel and
the Palestinians, without disclosing the specific date for the
meeting, the official MENA news agency reported.
The meeting will look into taking specific steps to halt
violence between Israel and the Palestinians and reach a
comprehensive ceasefire to help resume the stalled Middle East
peace process, el-Hadidi added.
In addition, Egypt has invited the Quartet, which groups the
United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations,
to meet the foreign ministers of the member-states of the Arab
contact group in charge of reviving an Arab peace initiative, said
He said the second meeting was expected to be held following the
first one that groups the Quartet, Israel and the Palestinians. The
spokesman said the key to restore peace in the Middle East is to
end the Israeli occupation and to establish a Palestinian state
side by side with the Jewish state.
(Xinhua News Agency June 7, 2007)