Israelis, Palestinians meet in Egypt to ease tensions

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(VOVWORLD) - Egypt's Foreign Ministry on Sunday issued a joint statement following a meeting between Israeli and Palestinian officials to ease tensions. 

The one-day meeting, which was also attended by Egyptian, US and Jordanian officials, took place Sunday in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh. 

 According to the joint statement, the two sides agreed on eight things, the first of which is to de-escalate tensions and build trust. The Government of Israel and the Palestinian National Authority reaffirmed their  readiness and commitment to halt unilateral actions for a period of 3-6 months. This includes an Israeli commitment to stop discussing new settlements for 4 months, and stop authorizing new outposts for 6 months.

The two sides agreed to develop a mechanism to curb and counter violence, incitement, and inflammatory statements and actions, which will report to the quintet leadership in April, at a resumed session of the meeting in Sharm El Sheikh.