EGYPT: MUBAREK AND ARAFAT MEET
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Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met in Cairo to discuss the Middle East peace process following the election of Israel’s prime minister Ariel Sharon.
Arafat is expected to brief Mubarak on the latest developments in the West Bank and Gaza since Sharon’s landslide victory last week.
The Israelis and Palestinians held peace negotiations last month in Taba, Egypt, and reported progress on some key issues, including territory, but did not reach any agreements.
Arafat’s visit comes amidst another flare up of violence where two Palestinians were killed and a third seriously wounded by Israeli army fire in the West Bank on Monday.
The shootings happened a day after an Israeli motorist was gunned down by Palestinians near Jerusalem.
The flare-up of violence came as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon intensified efforts to bring predecessor Ehud Barak and his moderate Labor Party into his government.
A new round of coalition talks was to be held on Monday.
Ariel Sharon has made clear he opposes Barak’s offer of land to the Palestinians that would cover most of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Sharon has also told Arafat that violence must stop before peace negotiations resume.
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