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Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will hold talks with Israeli vice prime minister Shaul Mofaz on Sunday, a senior Palestinian official told Voice of Palestine radio on Wednesday.
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"President Abbas will meet with Mofaz on Sunday in Ramallah at Mofaz´s request," negotiator Mohammad Eshtayeh told the official radio station.
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It will be the highest-level meeting between Israeli and Palestinian officials since May 12, when Israeli negotiator Yitzhak Molcho met Abbas to deliver a letter from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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A spokesman for Mofaz declined to confirm or deny the report. The Palestinians´ official news agency WAFA initially carried quotes from Abbas adviser Nimr Hammad confirming the Sunday meeting, but later changed the story, saying it was unconfirmed.
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Eshtayeh told Voice of Palestine that the meeting was a standard part of Abbas´s dialogue with various parties.
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"Such a meeting is nothing new and comes in the framework of president Abbas´s meetings with a full spectrum of actors in the Israeli and Jewish communities," he said.
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"President Abbas will listen to Mofaz´s ideas, but we do not think that he will present political ideas that we can work with," he said.
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"We do not count much on such meetings nor believe that the Israeli government as currently composed can offer anything serious on the peace process." (Copyright © 2012 Agence France Presse. 06/27/12)
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