Jordan's King Abdullah Has Talks with Mubarak

Published November 26th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

King Abdullah of Jordan had talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Sunday on the Middle East crisis, a source close to the Egyptian presidency said. 

They were also to discuss bilateral relations during the king's brief visit to Cairo, which comes amid a new flurry of diplomatic activities centered on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

Both Mubarak and Abdullah had talks with Yasser Arafat in their respective capitals Saturday on the Palestinian leader's return from a meeting in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

Late Saturday Arafat also met a member of the Israeli cabinet, Tourism Minister Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, for the first time since November 1, Israeli army radio and a Palestinian official said. 

Earlier Sunday Mubarak had a 45-minute meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak's security adviser Danny Yatom, which Barak's office said Friday would deal with stopping the violence in the Palestinian territories and improving dialogue between Israel and Egypt. 

On Tuesday Mubarak recalled Egypt's ambassador in Tel Aviv for consultations in protest at Israel's "excessive use of force" against the Palestinians. 

Jordan, the only Arab country apart from Egypt to have signed a peace treaty with Israel, has also grown increasingly critical of the Jewish state's actions with regard to the Palestinians. 

It has held off from dispatching its new ambassador to Tel Aviv. 

Eight weeks of a Palestinian revolt against Israeli occupation have resulted in more than 280 deaths, most of them Palestinian -- CAIRO (AFP)  

 

 

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