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US envoy headed to Cairo to aid in Gaza talks

Published on Aug 7, 2014 3:57 AM

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US envoy Frank Lowenstein was due in Cairo on Wednesday to try to help Egyptian-mediated talks between Israel and the Palestinians find a lasting end to their conflict over the Gaza Strip, the US State Department said.

Lowenstein is the acting US special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

"We, along with our partners, are working to find a way forward that brings an end to the violence and addresses the underlying causes of this crisis," State Department spokesman Edgar Vasquez said in announcing the trip.

Egypt's intelligence chief met a Palestinian delegation in Cairo on Wednesday, a day after he spoke to Israeli representatives, Egypt's state news agency MENA said.

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