Palestinian PM Blames Egypt Turmoil on Failed Mideast Talks

French president Nicolas Sarkozy (C) shakes hands with Palestinian Prime minister Salam Fayyad prior to a meeting on February 3, 2011 at the Elysee palace in Paris. (Photo by PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)

Feb 3 (KATAKAMI.COM / VOA) — Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Thursday the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process was one of the root causes of the bloody upheaval in Egypt.

Speaking during a visit to Paris, Fayyad said the violent unrest in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East stemmed from internal problems as well as “frustration” with the failure to solve the Palestinian issue.

Fayyad was holding dinner talks Thursday with French President Nicolas Sarkozy to review progress following a 2007 donors conference that pledged $7.7 billion in aid to Palestinians.

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said earlier in the day that France was ready to organize a second such conference on the condition that it include a “political dimension” leading to a future Palestinian state.  (*)

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