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US deputy secretary of state skips Cairo talks

US Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns has elected to skip the talks in Cairo between representatives of Egypt, Israel and the Palestinians over a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, Al-Monitor reporter Laura Rozen reports.

Instead, Burns is heading to Geneva to join American negotiators Wendy Sherman, Jake Sullivan, Jim Timbie, and Rob Malley for bilateral American-Iranian talks on Iran’s nuclear program.

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