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UN chief Ban arrives in Israel

US Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Israel on Thursday continuing a regional tour aimed at ending the Jewish state's war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip, UN officials said.

world Updated: Jan 15, 2009 13:54 IST

US Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Israel on Thursday continuing a regional tour aimed at ending the Jewish state's war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip, UN officials said.

Ban was to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, President Shimon Peres and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni during the day.

He arrived in Israel after holding talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo on Wednesday at the start of a regional tour that will also take him to Jordan, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Kuwait, where he was to attend an Arab League summit next Monday.

He was to meet with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Friday.