Egyptian, Turkish leaders discuss Mideast

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ANKARA: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul held talks in Ankara Tuesday on the impasse in the Middle East peace process and the rift between Palestinians factions.

The two leaders discussed the threats posed to the peace process… by the Israeli government s practices in the West Bank and the ongoing blockade of the Gaza Strip, Mubarak told reporters through an interpreter.

Gul said Ankara was closely following Egypt s great efforts on issues related to (securing) Palestinian unity and pledged Turkish support so that this issue is resolved as soon as possible.

Instability in Iraq and Yemen as well as tensions over Iran s nuclear activities were also on the agenda of the talks, Mubarak said. -AFP

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