Egyptian FM Briefs Chirac on Mideast Crisis
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher met on Tuesday with French President Jacques Chirac, bearing an high-level message on the Middle East crisis and Egypt’s intention to consult with France on upcoming plans.
The daily Al Ahram said that after meeting with Chirac, Maher announced that he had delivered the message on behalf of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
“My talks with President Chirac focused on the critical state of the peace process and the Israeli hard line. Our points of view on the issues were identical,” said Maher, adding that contacts between the two countries would continue and that Chirac and Mubarak would meet as their schedules permitted.
The Egyptian minister added that the two countries agreed on the need for sending international observers to the region, regardless of their nationality, in order to clarify who was violating the ceasefire, escalating the violence, and “trying to trick the whole world by hiding its violations of international law.”
“We urge the international community to respond to President Mubarak’s proposals, which were fully appreciated by President Chirac,” Maher said. “The main issue is not what Sharon wants or rejects, but rather what the international community is going to do about the Israeli hard line.” – Albawaba.com