PM to attend Tuesday summit with Mubarak, Abbas, Abdullah (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Aluf Benn and Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondents, and Agencies 02/02/05 19:48 (GMT+2)
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Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will meet Tuesday with Egyptian
President Hosni Mubarak and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud
Abbas in a summit to be held in Egypt´s Red Sea resort of Sharm a-
Senior Palestinian officials were also quoted by Reuters as saying
that Jordan´s King Abdullah II is also expected to participate in
The summit, to discuss further progress in budding Israeli-
Palestinian cooperation, came at Mubarak´s initiative. It was
announced by Egyptian security chief Omar Suleiman after his
Wednesday meeting in Jerusalem with Sharon, during which the prime
minister accepted the invitation.
According to Suleiman, Mubarak initiated the summit proposal
following progress in security discussions between Israel and the
Sharon and Abbas were to have met Tuesday in Jerusalem.
The Egyptian presidency said in a statement that Mubarak had invited
the leaders to meet "in light of the delicacy of the stage the peace
process in the Middle East is going through and in an endeavor to
seize the auspicious opportunity to achieve tangible progress on the
The Egyptian statement, carried by the state news agency MENA, said
Mubarak and Sharon would also discuss the possibilities of progress
on the Syrian track.
In Cairo earlier Wednesday, Egyptian intelligence chief Omar
Suleiman met a delegation from the Palestinian militant group Hamas,
led by exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, a Hamas statement said.
A delegation from the other large militant group, Islamic Jihad, is
also expected in Cairo this week.
Egypt had offered to organize a dialogue between Abbas´ Fatah
movement, Hamas and Islamic Jihad but Palestinian Foreign Minister
Nabil Sha´ath said last week that would no longer be necessary
because they had come to terms already.
Sha´ath said Egypt´s role with the militants would be to support and
monitor the agreement.
Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia said Wednesday that the
Palestinians hope the summit will produce a mutual cease-fire, a
halt to Israel´s targeted killings of militants and the release of
Egypt and Jordan "will be insurance of success for a summit,"
Palestinian Minister Saeb Erekat said.
Erekat said he, former Palestinian minister Mohammed Dahlan and
Palestinian Cabinet Secretary Hassan Abu Libdeh are to meet Thursday
with Sharon´s chief of staff, Dov Weisglass, and Defense Minister
Shaul Mofaz to prepare for the summit.
Senior Israeli Cabinet ministers are also to meet Thursday to
discuss the agenda of the summit.
Referring to the relative quiet of recent weeks, Defense Ministry
official Amos Gilad told Army Radio on Wednesday that, "There is an
opportunity here that must be exploited. All quiet is built on
Also in Gaza, Brigadier General Aviv Kochavi of the Israel Defense
Forces met with the Palestinian security chief in Gaza, Moussa
Arafat, an IDF official said. The official, speaking on condition of
anonymity said Kochavi asked Arafat to make a more determined effort
to stop militants from firing rockets and mortars at Israeli targets.
The IDF´s Deputy Chief of Staff, Dan Halutz, said Wednesday that if
Israel receives any intelligence information regarding a potential
suicide bomber, the details will be conveyed to the Palestinian
security services. In the event that Palestinian authorities don´t
take action, the IDF will take care of the threat, Halutz said. (©
Copyright 2004 Haaretz. 02/02/05)
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