Mubarak worried about Middle East, Egyptian official says
President Hosny Mubarak is "worried" about the future of the Middle East and Egypt is interested in making a breakthrough in the peace process, Egyptian security chief Omar Suleiman said in Jerusalem Thursday, dpa reported.
Speaking as he was about to meet Israeli President Shimon Peres, Suleiman said that he had been sent to Jerusalem "to ensure the peace process momentum continued."
Direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, which resumed at the beginning of September after a nearly-two-year hiatus, quickly fell into limbo after Israel did not extend a freeze on construction at its West Bank settlements.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said the talks will not resume until and unless Israel renews the freeze, something Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not publicly agreed to to do.
Efforts are underway to find a compromise which would allow the negotiations to restart, but so far without success.
Suleiman also held talks with Netanyahu in Tel Aviv Thursday evening, in an hour-and-a-half meeting Netanyahu's office said focused on ways to renew the peace negotiations.