Mubarak and Assad Discuss Mideast Situation
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, conversed by telephone on Tuesday to discuss the situation in the Middle East, including Arab efforts to contain the conflict, the Egyptian state news agency MENA reported.
The two Presidents "exchanged views on the situation in the Palestinian territories and the Arab visions developed with a view to containing the aggravated situation between Israelis and Palestinians," MENA reported.
Mubarak also briefed al-Assad on the matters that he reviewed with Jordanian King Abdullah II in Cairo earlier in the day.
During their meeting, Mubarak and Abdullah "called on the Israeli government to react positively to the Arab initiatives aimed at establishing a just and comprehensive peace, namely the ideas recently proposed by Saudi Arabia," Information Minister Safwat al-Sherif had said.
Last week, Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz proposed that, in return for an Israeli withdrawal from occupied Palestinian territories in accordance with UN resolutions, including east Jerusalem, the Arab world should recognize the Israeli State within its 1967 borders. (Albawaba.com)