Egypt's Vice President, Mr. Hosni Mubarak, flew to Saudi Arabia on Monday (3 October) at?
Egypt's Vice President, Mr. Hosni Mubarak, flew to Saudi Arabia on Monday (3 October) at the start of a seven-nation Middle East tour. During his trip he will meet with leaders of the various countries for discussions on reconvening the Geneva Middle East peace conference.
SYNOPSIS: The decision that Mr. Mubarak should make the tour came after a long meeting of Egypt's National Security Council at the weekend. The Vice President left from Cairo's airport with the mission of co-ordinating Arab reaction to the joint Soviet-American call for reconvening the Middle East peace conference by December. The controversial guideline stating that "the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people" should be protected in any peace settlement will also be discussed.
It's this clause in the Soviet-American declaration that's been causing problems. The Israelis have angrily rejected it, saying they'll have nothing to do with the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, while others, including Egypt, have welcomed the idea.
Mr. Mubarak will explain Egypt's position and latest developments in the Middle East to leaders in Saudi Arabia, Syria, Bahrain, Qatar and Iran, during his whirlwind tour.