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Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Shalit Free 'Soon'?

Egypt's president has told his Israeli counterpart he believes captured Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit is in Gaza, in good health and hopes he will be freed soon.

Hosni Mubarak said this while entertaining Shimon Peres on a rare visit to Egypt.

Shalit was taken by Palestinian militants in a cross-border raid in 2006. His whereabouts are not known.

Egypt has been mediating a deal for his release in return for hundreds of Palestinians seized by Israeli forces.

"Communications are ongoing. Shalit is in good condition," Mr Mubarak said in answer to a journalist's question.

"I hope that in the coming period, not in a long time, the Shalit issue will be closed," he added.

On the visit, Mr Peres was scheduled to discuss efforts to free Sgt Shalit as well as moves towards a regional peace agreement.
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