Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom met in Cairo on Tuesday (April 12) with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, to whom he presented Israel’s plan for peace with the Arab states, including the renewing of diplomatic ties.

 FM Shalom launches 'road map' for peace with Arab countries


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(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom met in Cairo on Tuesday (April 12) with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit. He presented them with Israel’s "road map for furthering peace the peace process" with Arab countries.

This is a new initiative, which aims to establish and advance  diplomatic relations with 10 Arab states. Minister Shalom said the initiative would benefit both Egypt and Israel, as well as the entire region.

President Mubarak said in response that Egypt does not prevent any Arab country from establishing relations with Israel. The president agreed to the holding of a meeting of businessmen from both sides. It was also agreed to establish a joint agricultural project with Japanese funding that would enable cooperation in exterminating pests and treating animal diseases.

Minister Shalom’s meetings with his hosts were conducted in a good atmosphere, for which he expressed his satisfaction.