PARIS: Presidents Hosni Mubarak and Nicolas Sarkozy of France discussed Monday how they can work together to promote peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.
"We looked at initiatives it will be possible to take," Mubarak told reporters after a 45-minute meeting with the French leader that also touched on ties between their countries.
The Israelis and Palestinians began US-mediated indirect talks on May 9 but they were thrown into disarray by Israel’s announcement of plans for Jewish settlement construction in occupied and annexed Arab east Jerusalem.
Asked about the possibility of the UN Security Council being called on to relaunch the Israeli-Palestinian dialogue, the Egyptian president said the idea was "premature."
"There are indirect negotiations under way at the moment," he said. "If these negotiations fail, we could perhaps, in this case, think of approaching the Security Council."
Indirect talks between Israel and the Palestinians are regarded as a first step towards renewing direct negotiations which collapsed in December 2008 when Israel launched a devastating 22-day offensive on Gaza.
Egypt is one of only two Arab nations to have signed a peace deal with the Jewish state and is a key mediator between Israel and the Palestinians.
Sarkozy has said the United States and Europe could take steps in the coming months to relaunch the dialogue.
France and Egypt share the presidency of the Union for the Mediterranean, which brings together the 27-nation European Union and 16 partner countries across the southern Mediterranean and the Middle East, including Turkey, Israel, and Arab countries on the Mediterranean. The Union for the Mediterranean is due to have a summit in Barcelona in November.