Palestinian, Egyptian leaders discuss peace

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Posted: May 30, 2011 10:12 AM
Palestinian, Egyptian leaders discuss peace

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Egypt's military rulers have discussed Middle East peace efforts.

The official Middle East News Agency said Monday that Abbas thanked Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, head of Egypt's ruling Supreme Military Council, for Egypt's support of the Palestinians.

MENA said the Palestinians confirmed their readiness to restart peace negotiations with Israel based on U.S. President Barack Obama's May 19 speech stating Israel's pre-1967 lines as a starting point for new borders.

The Palestinians hope for U.N. recognition this autumn of a state that would include the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem.

Abbas and Tantawi also discussed attempts at reconciliation among the rival Palestinian factions.

Egypt lifted an unpopular 4-year-old blockade of the Gaza Strip on Saturday.