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Shahal to Visit Egypt and Egyptians to Participate in Israeli Exhibition

Energy Minister Moshe Shahal will visit Egypt next week, and a group of Egyptian agronomists will participate in “Agritec 86,” a major exhibition and convention in Tel Aviv also to open next week.

These exchanges will be the first in the wake of the summit conference in Alexandria last week, where Israeli Premier Shimon Peres and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak pledged a warmer relationship between their countries.

Peres told the Cabinet Sunday, in his report on the summit, that Mubarak had asked for low-profile exchanges “without media sensationalism.” Peres noted that the Shahal visit had been planned for some time, but had been postponed.

Israel buys a substantial part of its oil from Egypt. Of late, in line with the industry worldwide, the Egyptians have increased the price of the crude, following many months of price decreases.