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Egypt's foreign ministry calls on Palestinians, Israelis to begin indirect negotiations

Cairo commits to host indirect negotiations between Palestinian factions and Israel, calling for dialogue that will help reach an agreement

Marina Barsoum , Saturday 23 Aug 2014
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A Palestinian youth searches amid the rubble of his family house following an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo)
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Egypt called Saturday for Israel and Palestinian fractions to commit to an "indefinite" ceasefire, Egyptian foreign ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Ati told Ahram Online.

Earlier in the day, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke at a press conference on the situation in Gaza and the resumption of peace talks at Ittihadiya Presidential Palace in Heliopolis Saturday.

After the presser, the Egyptian foreign ministry issued a statement asking all parties to participate in dialogue that will help reach an agreement.

"Egypt invites all involved parties to accept the resumption of indirect negotiations in Cairo to reach agreement on the issues raised and to stop the bloodshed of innocent people, including the sons of the Palestinians," the statement read.

Abbas arrived to Cairo late Friday for peace talks with Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. 

Abbas stated that Palestine’s primary concern is putting an immediate stop to the bloodshed in Gaza.

In addition, Abbas mentioned that he is meeting with several Arab states along with Arab League chief Nabil El-Arabi to agree on what will be discussed in future negotiations with the United States.

"After the ceasefire takes place, all parties can sit together for negotiations," Abbas stated.

According to Palestinian health officials, at least 2,092 Palestinians have been killed since Israel's latest offensive on the Gaza Strip began 8 July.

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