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Sarkozy meets US Middle East envoy Mitchell

Video by Céline BRUNEAU , Sarah DRURY

Latest update : 2009-02-03

French President Nicolas Sarkozy met US Middle East envoy George Mitchell on Monday, following the latter's Mideast tour designed at reviving peace talks, the French presidency said.


  
AFP - French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday met US Middle East envoy George Mitchell, who has just completed his first regional tour on a US drive to revive peace talks, the presidency said.
  
Sarkozy, who helped broker a Gaza ceasefire with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak last month, was also to hold talks with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas who was to arrive from meetings in Cairo.
  
Sarkzoy was also to meet Qatar's prime minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani of Qatar, whose country brokered a peace accord between Lebanon's rival factions in May last year.
  
President Barack Obama's envoy ended his Middle East tour in Saudi Arabia on Sunday following meetings in Israel, the Palestinian territories, Egypt and Jordan.
  
Mitchell is one a tour as a fragile ceasefire holds in the Gaza Strip after a 22-day Israeli offensive against Hamas militants that left 1,330 dead.
  
Egypt and other regional powers are seeking to firm up the ceasefire. One Palestinian was killed on Monday in an Israeli air strike on militants who had fired mortars on southern Israel.
  
The 75-year-old former senator on Friday said in Israel that Washington was committed to "actively and aggressively" seeking lasting peace in the Middle East but warned there would be further setbacks.
  
Before arriving in Riyadh on Saturday, Mitchell, famed for helping broker peace in Northern Ireland, met Jordan's King Abdullah II in Amman.
  
The Jordanian King urged Washington to resume its efforts to clinch a two-state settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.
  

Date created : 2009-02-02

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