Arafat in Cairo for Talks with Egyptian President

Published June 17th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Palestinian president Yasser Arafat held talks in Cairo on Saturday with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on his way home from a summit in Washington with US President Bill Clinton, a Palestinian official said. 

The two leaders discussed "developments on the peace negotiations with Israel" and the results of Arafat's talks with Clinton, an official at the Palestinian embassy in Cairo said. 

The Palestinian president, who makes regular trips to Cairo to consult Mubarak, was last in Cairo on Monday en route to Syria for the funeral of Syrian President Hafez Assad. 

He arrived back in Cairo Friday night from Geneva where he also stopped off on his way back from Washington, was joined by Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) number two Mahmud Abbas in his talks with Mubarak. 

Arafat had left Washington on Thursday after a three-hour meeting with US President Bill Clinton at the White House, which focused on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. 

Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiating teams are meeting near Washington with the aim of forging a final settlement between the two peoples - CAIRO (AFP) 


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