CAIRO, Dec. 10 (Xinhuanet) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
on Wednesday urged the Palestinians to resume talks with Israel without
preconditions, the official MENA news agency reported.
"I had phone talks with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat andPrime Minister Ahmed Qurei earlier in the day, asking them
not to set preconditions for the resumption of talks with the Israelis,"Mubarak
said after talks with his Iranian counterpart MohammadKhatami in the Swiss city
Both Mubarak and Khatami are in Geneva for the World Summit
onthe Information Society (WSIS).
Asked about his meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister
SilvanShalom on Wednesday, the Egyptian leader told MENA that they didnot
discuss in detail peace efforts made by Egypt and thePalestinians.
"It is imperative for the Palestinians and Israel to return
tothe negotiating table to exchange views on contentious issues,"said Mubarak.
"Egypt had opted for the same approach following the 1973
MiddleEast War," he said.
A hope for resuming Palestinian-Israeli peace talks and
reactivating the so-called roadmap peace plan has loomed following the formation
of a new Palestinian cabinet in November and a lullin the Palestinian-Israeli
The internationally-drafted blueprint proposes reciprocal
stepsto be taken by Israel and the Palestinians and envisions a full Palestinian
state by 2005. Enditem