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US says ‘likely’ to take part in Gaza ceasefire talks

Published on Aug 6, 2014 5:34 AM
 
US State Department press secretary Jen Psaki (above, in a July 2014 file photo) told reporters the US was determining "at what level and in what capacity and when" Washington would participate in talks between the Israelis and Palestinians aimed at securing a lasting ceasefire in Gaza. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States said on Tuesday that it expects to participate in Cairo talks between Israelis and Palestinians aimed at securing a lasting ceasefire in Gaza.

“I think it is likely we will be participating in these talks,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.

“We are determining at what level and in what capacity and when.” Israeli and Palestinian delegations headed to Cairo on Tuesday as a 72-hour truce took hold in the Gaza Strip, after 29 days of fighting that has killed 1,875 Palestinians and 67 people in Israel.

When asked if the two sides had sought a US presence at the negotiating table, Ms Psaki said: “I think our effort and our engagement on this process from the beginning has been welcomed by the parties.”

 
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