World Bulletin / News Desk
Russian envoy for the Middle East peace process Sergey Vershinin arrived in Cairo late Tuesday for a three-day visit to Egypt.
The Russian envoy is scheduled to hold talks with Egyptian and Arab League officials on the regional peacemaking and the Syrian crisis, sources at the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said.
Vershinin will also discuss the latest developments in Egypt and preparations for the country's presidential election, due on May 26-27.
The Russian envoy, who had visited Ramallah and Jordan as part of a regional tour, will leave Cairo on Friday for Turkey.
Palestinian-Israeli peace talks hit a snag last month after Israel refused to release a fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners despite earlier pledges to do so.
In response, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas applied for Palestinian membership in several United Nations agencies and treaties.
The Israeli government, for its part, ordered punitive measures against the Palestinians, including suspending the transfer of tax revenue that Israel collects on behalf of the Palestinians, as agreed in the 1994 Oslo Accords.Last Mod: 16 Nisan 2014, 10:11