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Rabin and Mubarak Plan to Meet Before Resumption of Peace Talks

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak have agreed to hold a summit meeting before the next round of Middle East peace talks, slated for April 20 in Washington.

Mohammed Basyouni, Egypt’s ambassador to Israel, announced Monday that general agreement had been reached on the summit, which he said would take place in Cairo or in Sinai. He said a date had not yet been set.

The purpose of the meeting is reportedly to resolve the present difficulties over resuming the peace talks, in particular Palestinian objections relating mostly to the fate of some 400 Palestinians deported by Israel to Lebanon.

Mubarak, who was in Washington this week for meetings Tuesday with President Clinton and other top administration officials, was also expected to raise Palestinian concerns about whether Israel is ready to grant them a significant form of self-rule in the administered territories.

Basyouni said Mubarak would be speaking on behalf of “all Arab countries” concerning the peace process.

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