Report: U.S. informs Egypt about Bush plan; Mubarak expected to arrive in Amman
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will visit Amman on Wednesday for talks with Jordan's King Abdullah on Middle East developments, the Jordanian state news agency Petra said on Tuesday.
Talks between the leaders come as regional governments await an announcement by U.S. President George W. Bush in which he is expected to spell out his vision for Middle East peace.
Meanwhile, a pan-Arab newspaper reported Tuesday that Washington had informed Egypt of the outlines of the U.S. plan.
Al-Hayat daily said the proposal included "a sovereign independent Palestinian state in areas A, currently under Palestinian Authority (PA) control and B, under PA civil control and Israeli security control".
"The state will have a seat at the United Nations and have global recognition, and it will be the negotiating party (in talks with Israel)", the paper said, quoting an Egyptian source.
Areas A and B cover around 40 percent of the West Bank, which Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war. Palestinians want the West Bank including East Jerusalem in a future state.
An "international meeting" would be held in Washington in September, on the sidelines of a United Nations general assembly meeting, the Egyptian source said.
The meeting would include Syria and Lebanon, Arab League chief Amr Moussa, and countries involved in the Saudi peace initiative adopted by an Arab summit in March which called for Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 borders in return for peace with Arab states, al Hayat quoted a senior Arab source as saying.
Cairo is expecting a "balanced statement" which will lead to "serious negotiations to achieve peace", the newspaper quoted the Egyptian source as saying. (Albawaba.com)
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