The U.S. envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, is in Egypt the latest stop in his Mideast shuttle diplomacy tour.
Mitchell arrived in Cairo late Sunday and will meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Monday morning.
Earlier Sunday, Mitchell held talks with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in Tel Aviv. Barak said Israelis are ready to make whatever reasonable efforts are necessary to reach a regional peace agreement.
Before his meeting with Ehud Barak Mitchell held talks in Damascus with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Mitchell said he had a "very candid and positive" conversation in Damascus with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. He said a "near-term goal" is resuming negotiations between Syria and Israel.
Mitchell returns to Israel for talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and also holds talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after his meeting with Egypt's President Mubarak.