Mubarak invites Netanyahu to meet

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak invited Israel’s new prime minister to a meeting at Sharm el-Sheikh.

Mubarak and Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by phone Monday evening. Mubarak congratulated Netanyahu on forming a government, according to the Prime Minister’s Office. The leaders reportedly also discussed the countries’ good bilateral relations, and promised to continue and strengthen them. 

Netanyahu called the peace between Israel and Egypt "of supreme importance."

No date was set for the proposed meeting.

Egypt has said it will boycott Netanyahu’s foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, unless he apologizes for past statements, including that Mubarak "can go to hell" if he does not visit the Jewish State.

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