Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas "intends" to renew stalled peace negotiations, and suggested he expected these talks may resume as soon as next week.
In a speech to right-wing Likud party members in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu also said he planned to travel to Egypt on Monday for talks with Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak, a longtime mediator of Middle East peace efforts.
The Israeli leader's remarks came as Washington was ramping up efforts to resume peace negotiations stalled since the three-week Gaza war began in December 2008.
He did not say where he had heard Abbas say he was ready for new talks, nor was it clear exactly what venue was envisaged, or whether any progress toward a deal was in sight.
Palestinian sources said on Sunday that Mitchell, who visited last week, had proposed a compromise for restarting talks in which the Palestinians would begin indirect meetings.
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