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.
Resistance icon Raed Salah delivers Friday sermon in village threatened with demolition
Protesters set trash cans on fire, charge at police after Trump sworn in
All mention of climate change removed from WhiteHouse.gov minutes after Trump takes office
Barrow addressed members of Gambia's diaspora and urged them to return home and rebuild their lives. "I wish to congratulate all of you and welcome you to the new Gambia," he said.
War and desperate economic situation compel children to live in streets all day
Research consultancy Oliver Wyman suggested Brexit could lead to as few as 2,000 London job losses to elsewhere -- but as many as 35,000 in a worst case scenario.
President Barack Obama left the White House on Friday and handed over power to Donald Trump.
Poroshenko was repeatedly criticised at home for maintaining businesses in Russia despite his claims that Moscow was an "aggressor".
Obama walked into the Oval Office holding a letter, which he left on the Resolute desk, a 19th century gift from Queen Elizabeth that is made from the timber of a British arctic vessel.
The dispute peaked earlier this month when the Greek immigration ministry accused local officials of impeding efforts to find replacement accommodation for hundreds of migrants sleeping in sub-zero temperatures.
Move follows East African state's announcement of withdrawing its peace troops from Somalia due to salary arrears
The four armed settlers entered the village of Qusra, sparking a confrontation with residents, municipality head Abdul Azeem al-Wadi said
West African delegation is in Banjul in final attempt to negotiate safe exit for Jammeh
Created in 1975, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) focuses mainly on resolving regional conflicts.
The two heads of state are long-term allies of Jammeh, who has had more prickly relations with other west African leaders during the post-election crisis these last weeks.
Locals and community leaders claim death toll is higher, putting the figure at 170, according to MSF