German foreign minister to visit Mideast

15th May 2013, Comments 0 comments

Germany's foreign minister is set to meet Israeli leaders Friday and the Palestinian caretaker premier Saturday during his visit to the Middle East to promote a US initiative to revive peace talks, a spokesman said.

Guido Westerwelle told Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas by phone on Wednesday that Germany "unreservedly supports" the initiative, said the ministry spokesman.

Westerwelle is due to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres to also discuss the Syria conflict and Iran's nuclear programme.

On Saturday, he is due to visit the Palestinian Territories to meet caretaker prime minister Salam Fayyad, who resigned last month but has not yet been replaced.

The German minister then travels to Algeria where on Saturday evening he will meet his counterpart Mourad Medelci and on Sunday speak with Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and students to discuss conflicts in the Arab world and Mali.

US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have launched a renewed drive towards reviving Arab-Israeli peace talks which have been stalled since 2010.

© 2013 AFP

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