Israel’s Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Thursday that he was acquiesing to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's request to allow his foreign minister, Ahmed Maher, to meet with Arafat in Ramallah Friday.
Following American pressure upon Egypt to allow Maher to meet Arafat, the Egyptians relented, after earlier in the day an official at the Egyptian ministry in Tel Aviv told Israel Radio that Maher would not be coming to Ramallah.
The official said that Egypt had been offended by Israel's original refusal to allow Maher to visit the besieged Palestinian leader. (Albawaba.com)
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