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Foreign Affairs Minister of Israel Gabi Ashkenazi, second left, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt Sameh Shoukry, not pictured, attend an inter delegations meeting in Cairo on May 30. Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Israel and Egypt's foreign ministers on Sunday held high-level talks about prolonging the current ceasefire between Hamas and the Israeli military and finding a potential "fragile truce," AP reports.

Why it matters: The White House found Egypt to be the only effective mediator to facilitate the ceasefire earlier this month, as the Biden administration charted its response.

What they're saying: Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi called this his first formal visit to Egypt since 2008 and said discussions were focused on "establishing a permanent ceasefire with Hamas, a mechanism for providing humanitarian aid & the reconstruction of Gaza with a pivotal role played by the intl. community."

  • Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamel plans to meet with Palestinian officials before traveling to Gaza for discussions with Hamas leaders, per AP. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Kamel in Jerusalem as part of ceasefire efforts.

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Sep 1, 2021 - World

Israeli leader surprised Biden hardly raised China during visit

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and President Biden talk during Bennett's trip to the U.S. Photo: Sarahbeth Maney-Pool/Getty Images

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett had prepared for wide-ranging discussions on China with President Biden and other senior U.S. officials, but the issue hardly came up, an Israeli official who attended the Biden-Bennett meeting tells me.

Why it matters: Chinese involvement in Israel became a rare point of contention between the Trump and Netanyahu governments, with the Trump administration warning of damage to the U.S.-Israel security relationship, but former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dragging his feet on the issue.

Sep 1, 2021 - World

Biden and Israeli PM renewed agreement on covert nuclear program

Bennett with Biden in the Oval Office. Photo: Sarahbeth Maney-Pool/Getty

President Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett reaffirmed the strategic understandings between the U.S. and Israel regarding Israel’s alleged undeclared military nuclear program during Bennett's White House visit, a senior Israeli official briefed on the meeting tells me.

The big picture: This has become a ritual for every U.S. president since Richard Nixon in their first meeting with the Israeli prime minister.

Updated 27 mins ago - World

Up to 17 U.S. missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince earlier this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

Details: The missionaries had just left an orphanage and were traveling by bus to the airport to "drop off some members" and planned to travel to another destination afterward when the gang abducted them in Port-au-Prince, Haitian security officials said, per the NYT.

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