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Egyptian Minister Visits Israel to Discuss Normalization Matters

The Egyptian Minister of Agriculture, Mohammad Mahmoud Daoud, met with President Yitzhak Navon here today and will meet later with Premier Menachem Begin. He is the first Egyptian of Cabinet rank to visit Jerusalem since the peace treaty negotiations ran into a snag. He made it clear that this was a courtesy call on the President and should not be construed as recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the city.

Daoud said the purpose of his five-day visit to Israel was professional and would deal with such matters as the exchange of specialists, research and new technology in the field of agriculture. Israeli Minister of Agriculture Ariel Sharon is expected to pay a return visit to Egypt in the near future to further areas of cooperation.

Sharon pointed out that Daoud’s visit is the first by “an Egyptian Minister who does not deal with the actual peace negotiations but rather with the implementation of the peace agreement” between Egypt and Israel.

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