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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday said he will meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak next Monday for talks concerning the Israeli – Palestinian peace process.

“On Monday I will travel to Egypt to meet with President Mubarak, who is doing a lot to renew peace. We are committed to a real peace process,” said Netanyahu.

The prime minister made the remarks during a meeting of his Likud party, where he also expressed hopes that the long-stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians will resume soon.

Israel wants a peace in its interests, said Netanyahu.

“I was told that the Palestinian President intends on renewing talks, and I will be very glad if the venture comes to fruition next week,” he added.

In an interview with an Israeli TV channel that was broadcast Monday night, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he is optimistic that the Arab League will approve Palestinian – Israeli indirect talks when it meets on May 1.

U.S. Middle East special envoy George Mitchell announced in March that both Israel and the Palestinian Authority agreed to enter U.S.- brokered proximity talks, which could end a year-long hiatus in the Mideast peace process since Israel launched a massive military campaign against the Gaza Strip in December 2009.

However, the indirect peace negotiations have been on hold after Israeli government approved a housing program in East Jerusalem following Mitchell’s announcement. Xinhua

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