Monday, May 11, 2009

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to Meet with Leaders of Egypt and Jordan Prior to Meeting with President Obama

From a 10/5/09 press release of The Israel Project:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Egypt tomorrow (May 11) to meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in the Sinai resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. It will be his first trip abroad since becoming prime minister in March and underlines the importance Netanyahu places on Israel’s relationship with Egypt.

Netanyahu’s visit to Egypt comes a week before he is due in Washington D.C. to meet with President Obama on May 18....

Iran’s nuclear program is set to be a major topic for discussion between Netanyahu and Mubarak. The Israeli prime minister will seek support from Mubarak to halt Tehran’s uranium enrichment. Netanyahu recently stated that the Iranian nuclear drive represents a common danger to Israel, Arab countries in the Middle East and nations in the wider world....

Said PM Netanyahu of his forthcoming meeting with President Mubarak in his recent address to the AIPAC conference, “We seek expanded relations with the Arab world. We want normalization of economic ties and diplomatic ties. We want peace with the Arab world…I believe it is possible to achieve it, but I think it requires a fresh approach, and the fresh approach that I suggest is pursuing a triple track towards peace between Israel and the Palestinians -
  • a political track,
  • a security track,
  • an economic track.”

...Netanyahu may also meet with King Abdullah of Jordan this week, although a date has not yet been set. ...

...Following his meeting with Netanyahu, Obama is scheduled to address the Arab world when visiting Egypt on June 4, where he will hold discussions with Mubarak on regional issues....

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