WASHINGTON (Jan. 27)
Washington is abuzz with visitors from the Middle East.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met Wednesday with Secretary of State George Shultz, after arriving here Tuesday afternoon for three days of talks with Reagan administration officials.
A top aide to Israeli Premier Yitzhak Shamir, Cabinet Secretary Eli Rubinstein, is also in Washington, for meetings with Shultz’s executive assistant, Charles Hill, and other U.S. officials. Yossi Beilin, a top aide to Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, visited here last week.
In another development, the State Department announced that Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Michael Armacost will visit the Middle East in mid-February.
Mubarak’s U.S. visit — his first since September 1985 — comes one week after he unveiled a formula for stopping the rioting in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
The proposal calls for a six-month Israeli freeze on new Jewish settlements in the territories and for the Palestinians to cease rioting.
In addition to conferring with Shultz, the Egyptian president met Wednesday with Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci and had meetings scheduled with Agriculture Secretary Richard Lyng, Treasury Secretary James Baker III and M. Alan Woods, administrator of the State Department Agency for International Development.
Mubarak was scheduled to meet with President Reagan on Thursday morning and with leaders of the Senate and House that afternoon.
Earlier this week, he met with West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. After his U.S. meetings, Mubarak is scheduled to visit France, Morocco and Italy.