Second round of Mideast peace talks to begin in Egypt
Direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, re-launched earlier this month in Washington, enter into a second round on Tuesday in the Egyptian Red Sea town of Sharm el-Sheikh, DPA reported.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were expected to be joined by US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Washington's Middle East envoy, George Mitchell.
Egyptian President Mubarak was expected to meet with Clinton first in the morning, followed by bilateral meetings with Abbas and Netanyahu separately.
On her way to Sharm el-Sheikh, Clinton said that Israel should extend the moratorium on Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank, which is set to end by September 26.
Israelis reject a total freeze, while the Palestinians insist on extending the moratorium.
Israeli and Palestinian leaders held their first direct peace talks in nearly two years in Washington, pledging to reach a peace agreement within a year.