Sharon, Mubarak, Abbas, Abdullah to meet in Egypt next Tuesday (JERUSALEM POST) By HERB KEINON AND JPOST STAFF 02/02/05)
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Prime Minister Ariel Sharon accepted an invitation on Wednesday from
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to meet on Tuesday in Sharm e-
Sheikh, Egypt along with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
Jordan´s King Abdullah II was also invited to attend the summit. PA
Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei confirmed Abdullah had accepted the
invitation. Jordanian Foreign Minister Hani al-Mulqi told the
Associated Press that he was heading to Egypt on Monday to take part
part in the summit the following day. "I´m going to the meetings. I´m
leaving for Egypt on Monday," he said.
This would be the first time that Sharon would meet with Abbas since
he was elected and the first time Sharon would meet with Mubarak
since he [Sharon] was elected in 2001.
Qurei also confirmed Abbas´s acceptance of the invitation.
He said the Palestinians hope the summit will produce a mutual cease-
fire, a halt to Israel´s targeted killings of Palestinians and the
release of Palestinian prisoners.
The invitation to Sharon was extended via Egypt´s intelligence chief,
Omar Suleiman during his meeting with him Wednesday.
The two also talked about the security situation on the border and
what needs to be done to stop weapons smuggling.
"This is all part of the heating up of security contacts and
coordination," one senior Israeli diplomatic official said on
Israel, the official said, deems Egyptian security cooperation an
essential component - along with the deployment of Palestinian
Authority security forces - in calming down the situation in southern
Meanwhile, Egyptian officials are also meeting with the leaders of
Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Cairo to discuss implementing a cease-
Islamic Jihad´s leader Ramadan Shalah met Suleiman in Cairo on
Tuesday, said Jihad spokesman Nafez Azzam. Hamas leader Khaled
Mashaal said he is in Cairo and expects to meet Suleiman on Wednesday
evening after his return from Israel.
Arms being smuggled across, or under, the border provides
the "oxygen" for the terror industry that has developed in southern
Gaza, and Israel believes the Egyptians can play an instrumental role
if they decide to actively fight the smugglers.
Egypt is expected to deploy 750 border patrolmen along the border
within the next three months, and Wednesday´s meeting dealt with the
The official said Suleiman´s visit is related to the upcoming visit
of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Sunday, with the
Egyptians wanting – like the Palestinians – to impress upon Rice that
they are taking constructive action.
Certain moves Israel has taken in recent days, such as the directive
to the IDF to curtail military actions in the territories, can also
be viewed in the same light. With AP. (© 1995-2005, The Jerusalem
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