Livni Seeks U.S. Backing against Smuggling

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni left for Washington Thursday evening to seek a commitment by the US on an agreement meant to prevent Hamas from rearming.

Livni will meet with representatives of NATO, the European Union and other countries in an effort to secure broad international backing, which would thwart efforts to rearm Hamas.

Livni joins Foreign Ministry Director-General Aaron Abramovich, who has been in Washington this week meeting with various defense officials.

Abramovich is trying to bolster intelligence cooperation that would seal smuggling routes used to transport arms to the Egyptian Sinai and into Hamas' tunnels.

According to The Jerusalem Post, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that the US would sign the agreement.

On Friday, Defense Ministry Diplomatic-Security Bureau chief Amos Gilad returned to Cairo to discuss the Egyptian-initiated cease-fire with Intelligence chief Omar Suleiman.

Sources: The Jerusalem Post, YNet news 

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