Israel and the Palestinian government of President Mahmoud Abbas have resumed security talks after a long break, both sides said Tuesday, a new sign of cooperation between Israel and Palestinian moderates since the Hamas takeover of Gaza.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said on Tuesday that Damascus is ready to resume unconditional peace talks with Israel, at a press conference with his Danish counterpart Per Stig Moeller.
Israel has resumed talks with the Palestinian Authority on security cooperation, an Israeli official said on Tuesday about a move designed to bolster Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after Hamas's Gaza takeover.
Syria sought UN help on Tuesday to secure the release by Israel of a prisoner from the occupied Golan Heights who has been held since 1985 despite reports of a heart attack last month.
Security officials for Israel and the Palestinian Authority have renewed talks after a more than one-year hiatus, Israeli officials said Tuesday.
Officials met in an undisclosed location on Monday to "talk about how to move forward with security cooperation," said Miri Eisin, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel.
Egyptian police on Tuesday arrested 20 Sudanese, including women and infants, from the war-torn Darfur region as they tried to make an illegal desert crossing into Israel, a security source said.
DAMASCUS • Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said yesterday that Damascus is ready to resume unconditional peace talks with Israel, at a press conference with his Danish counterpart Per Stig Moeller.
Human trafficking from Egypt to Israel is on the rise and the Egyptian authorities are tightening security on the borders.
BRUSSELS: The US is missing a historic opportunity to break a 40-year stalemate between Israel and Syria, private negotiators who drafted an unofficial peace plan between the two Middle Eastern foes said yesterday.