JERUSALEM (Feb. 24)
Moshe Shahal, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, will leave for Egypt tomorrow on a three-day official visit to discuss Israel’s oil purchases from Egypt. Shahal, the first minister of the national unity government to visit Egypt, was invited by his Egyptian counterpart.
There was some speculation here today that he will be received by President Hosni Mubarak as a gesture of good will on the eve of the Egyptian leader’s visit to the United States where he will meet with President Reagan and other top Administration officials.
Speaking to students in Nahariya over the weekend, Shahal said the invitation to Egypt was the result of the Israeli government’s effort to improve relations with its Arab neighbor. He expressed the hope that he would return from Egypt with a positive message that Egypt is ready to serve as a link between Israel and its other Arab neighbors.