JERUSALEM (Dec. 1)
The talks between Israel and Egypt on the disputed Taba territory are scheduled to resume this week, it was learned here over the weekend. If these talks prove fruitful, a summit meeting between Premier Shimon Peres and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak could very well take place next month, according to Abdul Hani Kandil, Egypt’s Oil Minister, who concluded his two-day visit last Thursday. He expressed optimism about the outcome of the Taba talks and said these could pave the way for the summit.
According to a timetable suggested by Kandil, a delegation of senior Israeli officials will go to Cairo this week for the beginning of the talks and next week they will be held in Israel. The Cairo-bound delegation will be led by Avraham Tamir, Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office. Israeli Energy Minister Moshe Shahal will pay a return visit to Egypt the third week of December.