Egypt’s Mursi Meets With Abbas, Discusses Peace With Israel

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi met with the head of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, in Cairo today, the state-run Middle East News Agency reported.

The two leaders discussed the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, Egyptian-Palestinian relations and efforts to establish an independent Palestinian state, the agency said.

Hamas official Khaled Meshaal, accompanied by senior delegates from the Islamist group, also arrived in the Egyptian capital today on a two-day visit to discuss efforts to push the peace process forward. Hamas, which is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S., Israel and the European Union, last week called on Egypt to open its border with the Gaza Strip for commercial trade.

Israel and Egypt, which signed a peace treaty in 1979, sealed Gaza’s borders in June 2007 after Hamas broke off its power-sharing agreement with the Palestinian Authority.

To contact the reporter on this story: Salma El Wardany in Cairo at pmrichardson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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