WASHINGTON (Jan. 24)
The Reagan Administration said today that Egypt continues to support the Camp David accords and remains “a full and active partner in the peace process” in the Middle East.
That assertion, by State Department spokesman, John Hughes, was the Admistration’s first comment on reports over the weekend that President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt had told King Hassan of Morocco that the Camp David accords are devoid of substance because Egypt has already agained what it could from them, the Sinai and its oilfields. Hassan was the source of the report.
Hughes, who said yesterday that he had no information on the subject, told reporters at today’s State Department briefing that “President Mubarak and other senior Egyptian officials, in their public statements and in private statements to us, have made clear Egypt’s continued support for the Camp David accords.”
Hughes added that “Egypt continues to be a full and active partner in the peace process. In addition, President Mubarak has spoken out in support of the President’s (Reagan’s) September, 1982 peace initiative urging King Hussein of Joran to enter expanded negotiations with Israel.”
REAGAN SEES PROGRESS IN LEBANON
President Reagan met with Republican leaders at a Republican policy lucheon this afternoon. In the course of remarks on foreign policy be observed that in Lebanon “the peace process has been slow and painful, but we are making genuine progress.”
Meanwhile, Donald Rumsfeld, the President’s special envoy to the Middle East who is presently in Washington, met with Congressional leaders today on Capitol Hill. Hughes said Rumsfeld is expected to return to the Middle East soon but no date has been set.