Hillary Clinton in Cairo for talks with Egyptian leaders
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Cairo Tuesday night for talks with Egyptian leaders in an effort to resume the Middle East peace talks, an informed source at Cairo International Airport told Xinhua.
Clinton is scheduled to meet Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday to discuss the latest efforts aiming at reviving stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
Clinton has been on a tour to the region since Saturday, which has taken her to the United Arab Emirates, Israel and Morocco.
On Saturday in Jerusalem, Clinton stressed that a full Israeli settlement freeze was at no stage a precondition to the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
However, U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell has assured Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday that the U.S. stance regarding the Israeli settlement has not changed.
Earlier on Tuesday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit told a press conference that "We want to have guarantees for the Palestinians to ensure them that these negotiations would not be used to waste time or to achieve Israeli objectives."