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Egyptian Military Delegation in Israel for Meeting with Counterparts

A six-member Egyptian military delegation arrived here last night for a meeting of the Israeli-Egyptian Military Committee. “The mere fact that we are here is a good omen and an indication of the continuation of the normalization process,” Gen. Mouse in Hamdi, head of the Egyptian delegation, told reporters.

But Hamdi refused to discuss the suspension of the autonomy talks by President Anwar-Sadat. “We are military men,” he said. “We have specific tasks and will carry out our mission.”

The Egyptian delegation included on civilian Hasan Rashwan, representing the Foreign Ministry. The joint committee discussion for the next three days includes a review of the progress of the military aspects of the Egyptian-Israeli peace agreement. The committee will also discuss tourism to Ras Mohammed and St. Catherine’s Monastery, the prevention of smuggling over the border, the normalization of Sinai and the reunion of families.

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