Mubarak not to attend Arab summit
Egypt intends to dispatch a junior minister to the upcoming Arab summit in Damascus, officials and media said on Wednesday. An Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman in Damascus said Minister of State for Legal and Assembly Affairs Moufid Shehab would represent Egypt at the March 29-30 summit.
In Cairo, an official said Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit would not attend, Reuters reported. Abul Gheit himself told the official MENA news agency that he would not attend the summit.
Saudi Arabia has earlier decided to send its permanent Arab League representative to the summit. Lebanon as well as relations with Iran are at the heart of the conflict between Syria and Egypt and Saudi Arabia.