Arab League wants written assurances from Israel before direct negotiations

Published July 18th, 2010 - 05:28 GMT
Amr Moussa
Amr Moussa

Amr Moussa, the Secretary General of the Arab League, on Sunday said after talks with George Mitchell, the U.S. envoy to the Middle East, that the Palestinians can not move to direct negotiations with Israel without the "written assurances". Moses said: "We can not automatically move from the indirect negotiations to direct negotiations without written guarantees."

He added that the transition from the indirect negotiations "without any confirmation or guarantee for the seriousness of the Israeli side, means we are going to manage the crisis, not resolve it." Moussa said that he held on Saturday, "a very long meeting" with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and conveyed: "I felt that the Palestinian president is committed to the decisions of the Council of Arab Foreign Ministers about the lack of automatic transition to direct negotiations."

It is noteworthy that Abbas met on Sunday with President Hosni Mubarak and then left Cairo without making any statement.

Meanwhile, Mubarak held talks also with Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister, after the departure of Abbas. Mubarak also received on Sunday afternoon Washington's envoy to the Middle East, who declined to make any statement.

The Middle East news agency said that Mubarak also received a phone call from Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State, on Sunday.


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