Mubarak probes with Jordanian King regional, bilateral issues

1149.jpgEgyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday held a session of talks with visiting Jordanian King Abdullah II at the presidential palace on the latest developments in the regional and bilateral relations.Developments in the Palestinian territories and the necessity of bringing an end to the inter-Palestinian fighting was top on the agenda of the talks between the two leaders, official sources said.

Mubarak and King Abdullah II also discussed the issues on Iraq, Lebanon and Sudan’s Darfur, the sources added.

King Abdullah II, who arrived here earlier Tuesday, is on a several hours’ visit to Egypt to focus specially on the situation on the Palestinian arena ahead of the expected international Quartet meetings due in late June in Egypt.

Earlier, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit said that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert are likely to take part in the meetings of the Quartet, which groups the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations.

The meeting, to be held in the country’s Red Sea resort Sharmel-Sheikh, is expected to take specific steps to halt violence between Israel and the Palestinians and reach a comprehensive ceasefire to help resume the stalled Middle East peace process.

Egypt has invited the Quartet to meet the foreign ministers of the member-states of an Arab contact group in charge of reviving the Arab Peace Initiative.

Egypt and Jordan, the two Arab countries signed peace treaties with Israel, are members of the Arab contact group to connect with Israel on the Arab Peace Initiative while another group, including several Arab states, is responsible to connect with the international community on the initiative.

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