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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Olmert and Abbas Will Meet After Weeks of Gaza Fighting

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet on Monday to map out a new relationship after Hamas routed Abbas' Fatah group in Gaza, officials from both sides said Thursday.

An Egyptian official said the two men would hold talks at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Jordan's King Abdullah.

Miri Eisin, a spokeswoman for Olmert, said the summit would take place Monday "to talk about mutual cooperation and ways to go forward on the Israeli-Palestinian track" and events in Gaza, now under Hamas control.

Abbas is likely to meet Arab leaders in Sharm el-Sheikh on Sunday, an Egyptian diplomat said.

Yasser Abed Rabbo, a senior aide to the Western-backed Abbas, said he hoped the summit would lay a cornerstone for starting Palestinian-Israeli negotiations that would lead to an agreement to achieve Palestinian statehood.

It was not clear whether the talks would go so far as to lead to a resumption of stalled peace negotiations for a Palestinian state in Gaza where Hamas, which does not recognize Israel, is in charge, and the occupied West Bank.

Olmert and Abbas last met in April despite agreeing with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice earlier this year that they would do so at least every two weeks.

The Israeli leader reaffirmed his commitment to the vision of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, with U.S. President George W. Bush in Washington on Tuesday, both endorsing Abbas' leadership since Hamas seized control.