The Palestinian president says Egypt will push for a new truce between Israel and the militant group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.

Mahmoud Abbas spoke Tuesday after meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

The six-month-old truce, mediated by Mubarak, expired last Friday.

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is scheduled to come to Cairo Thursday for talks with Mubarak about a new truce.

Abbas also says he and Mubarak agreed that reconciliation talks between Hamas and Abbas's Fatah party should go forward.

Talks brokered by Egypt and slated to take place last November fell apart when Hamas pulled out at the last minute over a dispute with Fatah over releasing Hamas prisoners.