Special report: Mideast peace conference
CAIRO, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met with his visiting Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas to probe developments on the Palestinian arena amid ongoing efforts to revive the peace process.
Abbas briefed Mubarak on the outcome of the U.S.-sponsored Mideast peace conference held in Annapolis of the United States on Tuesday, according to Egypt's MENA news agency.
The talks also involved Abbas' meetings with U.S. President George W. Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and a Palestinian-Israeli agreement on resuming peace negotiations aimed at reaching a peace deal by the end of 2008.
Abbas, leading a high-level delegation, arrived here Friday from a visit to Tunisia after attending the U.S.-host Annapolis conference.
Initiated by President Bush, representatives of more than 40 countries, regions and international organizations gathered at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis Tuesday in their fresh efforts to revive the long-stalled Mideast peace process.
Bush opened the Annapolis conference with reading a joint statement by the Israelis and Palestinians that the two sides agree "to engage in vigorous, ongoing and continuous negotiations and shall make every effort to conclude an agreement before the end of 2008."