UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon to Meet Israeli and Palestinian Leaders

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon, who is currently on a visit to the Middle East, will meet with the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to push for an early cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters here Monday.

"The secretary-general is in the region to support Egyptian-led efforts and he will be speaking to (Palestinian) President ( Mahmoud) Abbas in Ramallah and with the Israeli leadership in Jerusalem," Nesirky, who is with the secretary-general on his visit to Egypt, told reporters here by telephone from Cairo.

Ban "is not going to Gaza," the focus of recently escalated violence between the Israelis and Palestinian militants, the spokesman said.

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