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Netanyahu, Mubarak discuss peace talks

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JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met to discuss plans for new indirect peace talks with the Palestinians.

The leaders met Monday for 90 minutes in the Red Sea resort town Sharm el-Sheik two days before the so-called proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinians are set to begin, according to reports. 

The private meeting was "positive and constructive," the head of the Israeli National Information Directorate, Nir Hefetz, told Ynet. The leaders reportedly discussed the peace talks and other regional issues.

It marked the fourth meeting between the two leaders since Netanyahu took office in March 2009.

Netanyahu was accompanied by National Security Adviser Uzi Arad and Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer. The Israelis reportedly met with Egyptian Intelligence chief Omar Suleiman and Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit.
 

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