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Cheney Set to Meet with Sharon.

By VOA News

Vice President Dick Cheney is due in Israel Monday for talks with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on ways to end Israeli-Palestinian violence, the global war against terrorism and Iraq. U.S. officials said. Cheney may also hold talks with Palestinian leaders, but no meetings are scheduled.

The vice president is also expected to confer in Israel with Mideast envoy Anthony Zinni, who has been in the region since Thursday, trying to broker a ceasefire to end 18-months of deadly clashes.

Late Sunday, Israeli and Palestinian security officials met in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The talks apparently focused on a possible Israeli pullout from Palestinian-controlled areas - a Palestinian condition for discussing a ceasefire. Zinni also met again Sunday with Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat - just hours after a Palestinian gunman opened fire on Israeli pedestrians, killing one.

On Saturday in Jeddah, Cheney met with Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah, who accepted an invitation to visit President Bush in the United States in the near future. The crown prince has offered a peace proposal under which Arab countries would normalize relations with Israel in exchange for Israeli withdrawal from Arab lands captured in the 1967 Mideast War.

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Date:Mar 18, 2002
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