Mubarak to Visit Syria to Discuss Palestinian Crisis with Assad
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will head to Syria on Monday for talks with his counterpart Bashar Al Assad on the Palestinian crisis, Arab diplomatic sources said.
The two will discuss ways of "containing the escalation in the Palestinian territories," they told AFP.
Egypt has been suggested as a possible venue for planned talks between Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.
The sources said that among the proposals under discussion was an international surveillance team in the Palestinian territories made up of Americans and Europeans.
They said the idea amounted to a compromise to get around international observers asked for by Arafat but rejected by Israel as an unwelcome "internationalization" of the conflict.
Meanwhile, the Jordanian news agency, Petra, reported that King Abdullah spoke with Mubarak Sunday night ahead of a meeting in Amman with Arafat.
Petra said the Egyptian leader telephoned Abdullah as a follow-up to their meeting Saturday in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, in which they called on Israel to implement two US-brokered plans to end the violence in the Occupied Territories.
Arafat is to meet with Abdullah on Monday to explain "the Palestinian position regarding efforts to restore calm and end the Israeli aggression," Petra said.
After attending the UN anti-racism conference in South Africa, Arafat has started an Arab tour, which has taken him to Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia reiterated its support for the Palestinian Intifada and blasted Israel’s aggression against the Palestinians, reported the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA), after a meeting between Arafat and King Fahd.
Arafat also held talks with Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdelaziz, who was informed of the latest Israeli attacks on the Palestinians, said SPA – Albawaba.com