Israel's Minister of Trade and Industry, Binyamin Ben-Eliezer on Sunday said Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is in good health and will stay in office. His comments came as Egyptian newspapers slammed rumor-mongers about the health of the President.
Ben-Eliezer told Israeli Army Radio: "I spoke to him recently. And without to be a doctor, I can confirm just from hearing his voice that he is in good health and will stay in the political arena longer."
Ben-Eliezer's remarks came hours before the Egyptian leader was expected to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. Rumours have recemtly emerged about the health of Mubarak, including his intention to make a trip to Germany for new medical treatments and thus decided to delay the yalks with Netanyahu. However, media reports said the delay was to review with the Israeli visitor his latest talks which were conducted with the U.S. envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell.