Mubarak Visits Saudi Arabia for Talks with King Fahd
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak arrived Saturday in Riyadh for talks with King Fahd on bilateral and regional issues, reported the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
Mubarak, accompanied by political adviser, Osama al-Baz, and information minister, Safwat al-Sherif, was greeted at the airport by Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, SPA said.
Egypt's state-run media said Mubarak and the Saudi leadership would discuss the impact of next month's Israeli elections on the Palestinians as well arrangements for an Arab summit in March, according to AFP.
Cairo-Riyadh ties and "issues concerning Arab and Islamic nations" were also on the agenda.
According to sources close to the Egyptian delegation, Mubarak was to travel on to Kuwait City on a mediation mission between Iraq, on the one hand, and its neighbors Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
On the bilateral front, Egypt and Saudi Arabia have yet to agree on a free trade zone despite the efforts of a joint economic cooperation panel which met in Riyadh earlier this month, the agency added.
Iraq and Egypt signed a free trade agreement in Cairo on January 18 -- Albawaba.com
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