Sunday, May 18, 2008

Israeli, Egyptian leaders to seek Gaza cease-fire

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak will meet Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday to discuss efforts to work out a cease-fire between the Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip and Israel, officials said.

The talks in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheik will also focus on Egyptian efforts to prevent arms smuggling into the Palestinian territory, Israeli government officials said Saturday. They spoke on condition of anonymity since the meeting had not yet been officially announced.

The talks do not signify that a deal is imminent but that the Egyptian mediation efforts are progressing, they said.

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