World Bulletin / News Desk
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reportedly got a key promise from Egypt's new President, which he would not put Israel peace deal to public referendum.
Since the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak last year, Muslim Brotherhood leaders have occasionally said they would put the unpopular 1979 peace treaty with Israel to a public referendum.
Clinton flew to Israel from Egypt, where she held talks on Saturday with with newly-elected President Mohammed Mursi and military leader Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi.
On the last leg of a 12-day, eight-nation tour, Clinton met early on Monday with her Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman before meeting Peres, briefing both on her talks in Cairo with Mursi and Tantawi.
Peres thanked Clinton for her efforts to shore up the peace between Israel and the new Egyptian leadership.
“We appreciate very much that immediately after Egypt, you came to us with your latest impression because for us, as well as for the United States, Egypt is a key country in the Middle East and much depends on Egypt and a little bit on us as well, to continue the great march of peace,” he said.
“Israel is very much interested in keeping the peace with the largest Arab country.”
Clinton, who was to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak later in the day, was to tell them that their counterparts in Cairo had reaffirmed support for Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel during her visit.
Turkish semi-state news agency AA reported, citing unnamed sources close to presidency, Clinton demanded Mursi gave up the referendum plan over the peace deal with Israel and Mursi accepted the demand.
Egypt became the first Arab nation to sign a peace accord with Israel in 1979 despite latter's occupation of Palestinian territoires.
Arab leaders at a summit in Egypt announced the formation of a unified military force to counter growing security threats from Yemen to Libya. Saudi-led operation would continue until the Iranian-allied Houthis withdraw, and hand over their weapons and the country is united, they added.
Collation of results continues and final results are not expected until Monday
Tens of thousands of Tunisians marched through the capital in a show of solidarity against museum attack on Sunday, hours after the government said its forces had killed nine members of a group suspected of carrying out this month's Bardo Museum attack.
According a port official, a Chinese warship approach the port of Aden to evacuate nationals.
An Israeli court has issued an order to demolish Palestinian village Susya and relocate its residents. The village was built even before the Israeli occupation of the West Bank in 1967.
At least 15 people wounded from anti-aircraft missiles shrapnel used by Houthis against warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition in Western Yemen
According to a Yemeni NGO Mwatana Organization for Human Rights (MOHR), at least 27 civilians – including 15 children – were killed in Yemen's Sanaa province.
Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has fired Ahmed Ali Saleh who is son of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Tunisian security forces have killed a senior Algerian suspected who they accuse of helping orchestrate the Bardo museum attack which targeted foreign tourists, Tunisia's Prime Minister Habib Essid said on Sunday.
According to tribal sources, 40 Houthis killed in clashes with tribesmen.
Netanyahu says expected Iranian nuclear deal even worse than Israel feared.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says, Russia will help Palestine become an independent state with its capital in East Jerusalem.
Thousands of Palestinian athletes turned out for the third Palestine Marathon on Friday
Palestinian faction Hamas said in a statement, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas responsible for Palestinian divisions.
According to local residents, Saudi-led military coalition has bombed overnight airstrikes on Yemeni capital Sanaa and northern Saada district
Mogherini nevertheless points to issues that need to be resolved over Tehran's nuclear program, says parties 'have to work very hard to find solutions that are good.'