Israel's Olmert pleased with Egypt summit

June 5, 2006 at 9:08 AM
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SHARM EL SHEIK, Egypt, June 5 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday he was heartened by a weekend peace summit with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

The leaders met in private for an hour and a half on Sunday at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheik, and said at a news conference afterward the atmosphere had been "warm and friendly," Voice of America reported.

Olmert said he plans to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in the near future to restart talks based on the U.S.-brokered "road map" peace plan, and Mubarak said he plans to be a participant in the peace process.

Abbas meanwhile, is in a political tug-of-war with the Hamas government, to which he gave an ultimatum of accepting the pre-1967 borders, or calling a public referendum on the issue.

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