World Bulletin/News Desk
Envoy of the Middle East Quartet Tony Blair arrived in Cairo in the early hours of Sunday on a day-visit to Egypt, sources at the Cairo airport said.
According to local media, Blair would meet with a host of senior Egyptian officials, including by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, for talks on the Middle East peace process and a U.S. plan to assemble an international alliance to fight the ISIL militant group in Iraq.
A senior Egyptian official told Anadolu Agency earlier that Egyptian mediators held separate talks with Palestinian and Israeli negotiators on Thursday to look into the resumption of the indirect talks for a long-term cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.
Israel's latest offensive on the Gaza Strip ended with the announcement on August 26 of an open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian resistance factions.
The devastating 51-day offensive on Gaza left some 2,147 people dead and 11,000 injured – the vast majority of them civilians – while leaving thousands of residential structures in ruins.
According to Israeli figures, 67 Israeli soldiers and five civilians were killed over the course of the operation – the highest military death toll suffered by Israel since it lost 119 troops in its 2006 war on Lebanon.
The Palestinians and the Israelis agreed to resume indirect talks within a month on fixing the cease-fire as well as other issues, including the establishment of an airport and a sea port in Gaza, the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and the reconstruction of the enclave.Last Mod: 07 Eylül 2014, 11:25