Leaders gather in Egypt for Gaza summit

January 18th, 2009 - 6:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Sharm al-Sheikh (Egypt), Jan 18 (DPA) World leaders met in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm-al-Sheikh Sunday to discuss means of establishing a lasting peace in Gaza, as sporadic incidents continued despite a unilateral Israeli truce that took effect early Sunday.Egyptian President Hosny Mubarak and French President Nicolas Sarkozy were chairing Sunday’s summit. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas may also attend the summit, Arabic satellite TV channels reported Sunday afternoon.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will reportedly attend, as will German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero, and Turkish President Abdullah Gul.

The leaders are expected to discuss means of establishing a lasting peace in Gaza and reconstructing the territory after 23 days of intense fighting.

Doha-based satellite channel Al-Jazeera reported Sunday that Hamas had vowed to fight on until all Israeli troops had withdrawn from Gaza.

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