Egyptian, Jordanian, Palestinian, Israeli summit to be held next week
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Jordanian King, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas will meet next Tuesday in a summit to be held in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm a-Sheikh.
The summit, to discuss further progress in Israeli-Palestinian cooperation, came at the Egyptian leader's initiative. It was declared by Egyptian security chief Omar Suleiman after his Wednesday meeting in Jerusalem with Sharon, during which the Israeli leader accepted the invitation.
According to Suleiman, Mubarak initiated the summit proposal following progress in security contacts between Israel and the Palestinians. This will be the first Israeli-Palestinian summit since Abbas has been elected as the new Palestinian president.
Amman confirmed King Abdullah II would take part in next week summit. According to Petra, the king "had earlier received an invitation from President Mubarak to take part in the summit that is designed to push peace forward between the Palestinian and Israelis.