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Sharon and Abbas to meet

Last updated: 2005-06-02

Ariel Sharon and Mahmoud Abbas

Ariel Sharon and Mahmoud Abbas

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has announced plans for a summit with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on June 21 in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm al-Sheikh.

A statement from the Israeli prime minister on Wednesday said officials from both sides will hold talks before the summit to discuss an ongoing truce and Israel's planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in August.

Separately, Israeli police say they have arrested five members of the Islamic Jihad militant group who they said were planning to carry out a bomb attack in Jerusalem on Thursday.

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