Israel's Weizman in Egypt for Farewell Meeting with Mubarak

Published June 25th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Israeli President Ezer Weizman arrived in Cairo Sunday for a "farewell" meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak ahead of his July retirement in the wake of corruption allegations, officials said. 

Israeli public radio said Weizman would use the meeting to plead for the release of Azzam Azzam, an Israeli Druze sentenced to 15 years in jail by an Egyptian court in 1997 for spying for Israel. 

Weizman is to stand down on July 10th, three years ahead of schedule, after narrowly avoiding prosecution on allegations of corruption and tax fraud. 

The two presidents would give a joint press conference later, an official at the Egyptian information ministry's press center said. 

Airport officials said Mubarak welcomed Weizman when his plane arrived from Israel. 

Palestinian president Yasser Arafat, who held talks with Mubarak earlier on Sunday, had already flown back to the Palestinian territories, Egypt's state-owned MENA news agency reported - CAIRO (AFP)  

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