Sunday, June 04, 2006

Israeli PM Heads for Egypt Talks.





Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is travelling to the Egyptian resort of Sharm al-Sheikh for talks with the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Mr Olmert has just been to Washington for talks with President George W Bush and is expected to head to Europe soon.
But in the Middle East his choice is rather more limited since Israel has made peace with only Egypt and Jordan.
Hamas, which now runs the Palestinian Authority, will be a key issue in the talks with President Mubarak.
Mr Mubarak is expected to encourage Mr Olmert to hold talks with the moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is not a member of Hamas.
For his part, Mr Olmert may take the chance to talk about his plan to establish Israel's borders for good with or without the Palestinians and there may be a certain awkwardness to the meeting.
The meeting comes only two days after the Israeli army killed two armed men in Egyptian uniform on the Israeli-Egyptian border - a frontier which is normally very quiet
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