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EGYPT OFFERS TO MEDIATE PEACE TALKS

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Egypt, the only Arab state to make peace with Israel, is willing to act as go-between in Palestinian peace negotiations with the Jewish state, an Egyptian minister told 30 leading Palestinians Monday.

Egypt offered to play "the role of mediator and supporter, mediating ideas between us and the Israeli government," Mansour a-Shawwa, a participant at the talks from the occupied Gaza Strip, told reporters.Boutros Boutros Ghali, Egypt's minister of state for foreign affairs, met the Palestinians at the Egyptian ambassador's house in the Tel Aviv suburb of Herzliya. He was due to have talks later with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir in Jerusalem.