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Arab foreign ministers to hold emergency meeting on Palestine

Meeting requested by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to take place in Cairo on 21 December

Ahram Online , Thursday 12 Dec 2013
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File Photo:Arab foreign ministers attend an emergency meeting on Syria at the Arab League Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt on 12 November, 2011 (Photo:Reuters)
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The Arab League has called for an emergency meeting of foreign ministers to discuss Palestine, Egypt's state news agency (MENA) reported on Thursday.

The meeting, to be held on 21 December and headed by Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdel-Aziz, was request by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

It will discuss the latest US-sponsored Palestinian-Israeli talks.

Arab League deputy leader Ahmed Ben Hilli confirmed to reporters that invitations had been sent to member states and the meeting would be held at its headquarters in Cairo.  

US Secretary of State John Kerry headed back to the Middle East on Thursday, a week after his previous visit ended with Palestinian dissatisfaction over US security ideas for an elusive land-for-peace deal with Israel, Reuters reported.

Kerry, who has quipped that his frequent trips to the region have become a commute, plans separate meetings with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

It will be the top US diplomat's ninth visit to Israel since becoming secretary of state in February. Israelis and Palestinians resumed US-brokered peace talks in July after a three-year break, aiming to reach a deal in nine months.

Amid little public sign of progress in the negotiations, Kerry said he had presented Israelis and Palestinians with "some thoughts" on security arrangements in any future accord, but gave no details.

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