Cairo: Mubarak meets Syrian, Sudanese leaders for talks on Arab summit

Published April 4th, 2004 - 02:00 GMT

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak continued Sunday in Cairo  

talks with Arab leaders focused on holding the ‏postponed Arab summit. 


Mubarak met his Syrian and Sudanese counterparts, Bashar ‏  

‏Al-Assad and Omar Al-Bashir.‏  


President Bashar Al-Assad met with Mubarak in Cairo Airport upon his arrival to discuss the Arab summit.‏ According to sources, cited by KUNA news agency, the two leaders discussed the outcomes of the ongoing Arab deliberations on both ‏the Egyptian and Syrian fronts.‏  


The sources added that during the Egyptian-Syrian summit, the presidents also reviewed the ‏deteriorating situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, the Iraqi ‏issue, as well as Mubarak's visit to the United States next Saturday in wake of the ‏‏regional and international circumstances.‏  


The Syrian president was accompanied by a delegation that included Vice President ‏Abdul-Halim Khaddam, Foreign Minister Farouq Al-Sharaa and Syrian Ambassador ‏to Cairo, Youssef Ahmad. 


The meeting was also attended by Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher, ‏Information minister Safwat El-Sherif and the Egyptian Ambassador to Damascus.‏  


Meanwhile, Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ahmed Maher, said Saturday that summit deliberations of Arab leaders will continue, adding that the aim is to ‏overcome differences that put off the summit in Tunisia last month.‏  


The Egyptian president had met already with several Arab leaders and officials last ‏week in the resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh, including Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Jordan's King Abdullah II, Crown Prince of Saudi ‏  

‏Arabia Prince Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz, as well as Saudi Foreign Minister ‏Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Syrian Foreign Minister Farouq Al-Sharaa and Secretary General of the Arab League Amr Moussa.‏  


They all emphasized the importance of reconvening the summit - in the interest of the Arab world.‏  


‏The agenda of the Arab summit, of which the date and location has yet to be ‏determined, is expected to include the reform of the Arab League, a joint Arab work‏ mechanism, ideas of developing the region, as well as the situation in ‏the Palestinian territories and Iraq. (

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