Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, stated Sunday, that he will be holding a meeting with Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, in Cairo this coming Tuesday. The statements of Netanyahu came after he returned from Washington where he held talks U.S. President, Barack Obama, and other U.S. officials.

He said that he will be visiting Mubarak to hold talks on the efforts to resume direct talks with the Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas.

“On Tuesday, I will holding a meeting with Mubarak”, Netanyahu told reporters, “This will be our fifth meeting this year, I believe that cooperating with Mubarak will encourage direct talks with the Palestinians”.

Last Tuesday, Netanyahu held talks at the White House with President Obama, and the two leaders expressed hopes that direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians will be resumed soon.

The Palestinian Authority said that it cannot resume talks with Israel while it is ongoing with its illegal settlement activities in occupied East Jerusalem and occupied West Bank, and demanded Israel to halt the demolishing of Palestinian homes in Jerusalem.