Suleiman, who spoke on state television, said he would lead the talks.
The announcement came on the eve of an opposition-called national strike coupled with a planned million-person march in Cairo demanding Mubarak’s resignation and free elections.
The talks will include constitutional and legislative reforms, as well as a time frame for their implementation, Suleiman said. Suleiman also said Mubarak approves of a court decision to repeat elections in some districts where some people had filed complaints after November’s voting.
Suleiman, reading a statement, said the government’s priority is to restore confidence in the economy and fight unemployment and corruption.
Mubarak gave orders for the government to issue a policy statement "within days," he said.
Mubarak responded to opposition protests by appointing Suleiman, the country’s intelligence chief, as vice president on Jan. 29, the first time he has designated a possible political successor.
Suleiman has been a close adviser to Mubarak, key figure in limiting political opposition, and a frequent contact for American officials on Middle East peace issues.
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