Mubarak Calls on Western Europe to Use Its Influence in Seeking a Solution to the Middle East

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak called on Western Europe yesterday to “make its influence felt” in seeking a “satisfying solution to the Middle East. ” Mubarak had earlier urged President Fancois Mitterrand, during a two-hour meeting, to press Washington to adopt a more “even-handed “policy in the Middle East. Mubarak arrived in Paris today and is to leave tomorrow for a three-day official visit in West Germany.

Mubarak, who has met over half a dozen times with Mitterrand since the French President’s election three years ago, said France “understands Egypt’s policy. ” The Elysee refused to comment.

The Egyptian leader said the Arab states will content themselves with internal consultations till after the American Presidential elections are over. “Nothing can be done till then, ” Mubarak said.

He called on France and all of Western Europe to make their views known on the morrow of the elections and urge Washington to seek a global solution to the Middle East crisis which will take into consideration the rights of the Palestinians as provided for by the Camp David agreements.

Egyptian sources said Mubarak did not discuss Israeli Premier Shimon Peres’ forthcoming visit to Paris with either Mitterrand or Prime Minister Laurent Fabius.

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