Invitation to Sharon Draws Angry Reaction in Egypt

(AFP/Jordan Times) President Hosni Mubarak's invitation to Israel's newly reelected Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has drawn angry reactions in Egypt. "No, Mister President, don't shake hands with him, don't put your hand in the blood-stained hand of this assassin," wrote the editor-in-chief of the pro-government Al Osboue Weekly, Mustapha Bakri. Mubarak explained Monday in state-run Al Gomhuriya daily, "I invited him to meet us at Sharm El Sheikh, after the formation of his government, to examine ways of breaking the deadlock, and getting back on the track of dialogue and negotiations." Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher said Thursday he received a telephone call from his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu "who stated his desire to begin a dialogue aimed at achieving peace."

2003-02-07 00:00:00

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