Egyptian President meets with Israeli FM on Palestinian-Israeli calm
Hosni Mubarak met here Thursday with visiting Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Palestinian-Israeli calm.
Livni arrived in Cairo earlier in the day on a brief visit to Egypt, reported Xinhua.
The two sides discussed efforts for renewing an Egyptian- brokered Palestinian-Israeli truce which ended on Dec. 19, said the Egyptian MENA news agency.
Four Palestinian factions, led by Hamas movement which rules Gaza, decided on Dec. 18 not to renew the six-month truce and accused Israel of violating its commitments during the period.
President Mubarak and Livni also discussed issues concerning the lift of the Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip and the opening of the crossings to allow relief agencies to transport humanitarian aid and basic commodities to the people in the Strip to pave the way for holding peace talks towards the establishment of a Palestinian state, according to MENA.
The Mubarak-Livni meeting came after the Israeli government vowed to act if the salvos continued as its southern region was pounded on Wednesday by some 70 rockets fired by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.
The Israel Defense Forces on Wednesday received the green light for a series of operations against Hamas in Gaza as Defense Minister Ehud Barak had ordered the army to prepare itself to deliver a response to the rocket attacks and warned Hamas must be responsible and would pay a price.
Egypt has made efforts to push forward the Palestinian-Israeli peace march to end Palestinian sufferings and achieve calm between Palestinians and Israelis, said MENA.