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BBC: Rice begins new Mid-East mission

Posted by uscsjp on March 24, 2007

Condoleezza Rice in Aswan

Dr Rice held talks with Arab foreign ministers in Aswan

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has held talks with Arab foreign ministers in Egypt in a new effort to restart the Middle East peace process. She urged Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates to take steps to improve relations with Israel.

Washington hopes broader Arab-Israeli reconciliation could help foster an Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Dr Rice will meet Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Sunday before continuing to Ramallah and Jerusalem.

She will hold talks with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and then Israel’s Ehud Olmert before flying to Jordan for a meeting with King Abdullah.

The BBC’s State Department correspondent Jonathan Beale, who is travelling with the US Secretary of State, said there was no sense that the meeting in Aswan had come up with any solutions to break the Middle East deadlock. (continued)

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