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Livni advances Israeli-Arab talks

Tzipi Livni visited Egypt to set up talks between Israel and the Arab League. The Israeli foreign minister met her Egyptian and Jordanian counterparts, as well as Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, in Cairo on Thursday as part of recent attempts at rapprochement between Jerusalem and the Arab League.The regional bloc is trying to convince Israel to support a Saudi -led proposal for a regional peace deal, but those talks have been held up by the Israeli political crisis surrounding the commission of inquiry on the Lebanon war, as well as Arab League intransigence on amending the plan.Livni and her interlocutors agreed that an Arab League working group comprising representatives of Egypt and Jordan would travel to Israel in the coming weeks for preliminary negotiations.