Unofficial Israeli-Palestinian negotiations interrupted after deadly West Bank clashes should resume in Sweden within days now that the situation is calming, Israel's leader at the talks said Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.
Shlomo Ben-Ami said on an unexpected visit to Egypt that differences between the two sides remained "very, very substantial" on Monday, when Israel summoned home its team following a firebombing that severely burned an Israeli toddler. However, he said gaps were narrowing and could be close enough for a June summit of Israeli and Palestinian leaders in the United States.
Israel and the Palestinians have set a September deadline for a final peace treaty. With official talks slow and intermediary deadlines passing unmet, unofficial talks began secretly in Sweden this month, said the agency.
Ben-Ami, public security minister and confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, flew to Egypt on Monday hours after his team was summoned home from Sweden. Ben-Ami said he wasn't seeking any specific intervention from President Hosni Mubarak, who often has acted as an intermediary when the two sides are stuck, said the AP – Albawaba.com
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