Egypt on Board for Peace Talks

Rice restores confidence in US commitment
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2007 2:58 AM CDT
Egypt on Board for Peace Talks
Egyptian foreign minister Ahmed Abu el-Gheit, left, accompanies U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, centre, to a press conference hall in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007. Talks focused on preparations for the U.S.-sponsored international peace conference on the Middle East planned for next...   (Associated Press)

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has restored Egypt's confidence in the US commitment to the Mideast peace process and won official support for peace talks this year, Reuters reports. The process is floundering for a variety of reasons, including the fact that the Bush administration has only a year left in office. Egypt is key to bringing other Arab nations on board.

"We are encouraged because she says she is determined to have a breakthrough during the remaining year of this administration," said Egypt's foreign minister. "We must set for ourselves a time frame, a target date. We cannot negotiate and carry on negotiating until the end of history." (Read more secretary of state stories.)

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