Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Thursday confirmed an invitation to Israel's right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to come to Egypt, but without his Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
"The Israeli prime minister might come to see us in May," Mubarak said, confirming Israeli statements that Netanyahu had been invited to visit the Jewish state's most important Arab ally "in the next few weeks." "Some say... that he will bring his foreign minister with him," Mubarak said during a speech to mark the end of Israel's 15-year occupation of the Sinai peninsula in 1982.
"The Israeli prime minister is coming alone. His cabinet chief will come with him. He will not bring any other minister with him," Mubarak said, according to AFP.
Israel's foreign ministry said that Lieberman, who last year said that Mubarak could "go to hell" if he continued to refuse to visit Israel, had been invited to visit Egypt. The invitations were made during a visit to Jerusalem on Wednesday by Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman.