US State Department human rights envoy to visit Cairo; Bush, Mubarak discuss Mideast situation
United States President George W. Bush on Monday told his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak that his administration would undertake "measures" to contain the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, MENA news agency reported.
President Bush's telephone call to Mubarak came as the White House gave a skeptical welcome to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's condemnation of attacks on Israeli civilians, saying he must follow the "right words" with action.
The conversation between Bush and Mubarak focused on "the Middle East problem and the continuing escalation between the Israelis and the Palestinians," MENA added.
The two leaders "agreed to continue coordination and consultations in order to stop the bloodshed," the agency further said. "The discussion also dealt with issues of common interest in the framework of the strong bilateral ties between the two countries," said the agency.
Earlier, MENA also reported that a US State Department human rights envoy would visit Cairo on Wednesday, in light of a diplomatic spat over the jailing of an Egyptian-US human rights activist. (Albawaba.com)
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