WASHINGTON (Dec. 2)
– Vice President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt met with President Carter for a half hour at the White House today and will meet tomorrow with Vice President-elect George Bush and with President-elect Ronald Reagan’s foreign policy advisors. Mubarak come to Washington as a personal emissary of President Anwar Sadat.
According to Egyptian sources here, one purpose of his mission is to speed up the deliveries of U.S. military equipment to Egypt. Mubarak met with Secretory of State Edmund Muskie and Defense Secretary Harold Brown after leaving the White House. He is also expected to discuss the future of Middle East peace talks with members of the incoming Reagan Administration.
Some observers believe Mubarak was sent here by Sadat to make it clear to the Reagan people that any filt in U.S. policy toward Israel, as indicated in some of Reagan’s election campaign statements, would place Egypt in an untenable position and be harmful to the Middle East peace process.
President Carter fold reporters after his meeting with Mubarak that he had been given a very important message from Sodat. He declined to disclose its contents. He had high praise for the Egyptian President whose initiative in visiting Jerusalem in November, 1977 opened the way for the Camp David talks and the peace treaty be tween Israel and Egypt. Carter called his personal relationship with Sadat one of the most satisfying of his tenure in the White House. He also stressed that ties between Egypt and the U.S. were “indissoluble in this time of trouble in the Middle East,” on apparent reference to the Iraq-Iranian war.
Mubarak extended Sadat’s invitation to President and Mrs. Carter to visit Egypt. White House sources said Carter would not embark on such a visit before leaving office Jan. 20.