FM Shalom traveled to Cairo on Monday, 7 June 2004, to meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom will depart on Monday, 7 June 2004, for Cairo for a series of political meetings with Egyptian leaders. He will meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and with Omar Suleiman, head of the Egyptian intelligence service. In the absence of Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher, Minister Shalom will meet with Osama Elbaz, political adviser to President Mubarak.
Foreign Minister Shalom will discuss with the Egyptian leaders ways to advance the peace process, the disengagement plan, and bilateral relations.
The Foreign Minister attaches great importance to the role of Egypt in the region and to bilateral relations with Egypt, both because of its central position in the Middle East and as the first Arab state which signed a peace treaty with Israel. In this context, Foreign Minister Shalom has met with the Egyptian leadership several times since the beginning of the year.