Israeli Defence Minister Ezer Weizman arrived in the Egyptian capital of Cairo on Wednesday (11 January) for military talks on a Middle East settlement.
Israeli Defence Minister Ezer Weizman arrived in the Egyptian capital of Cairo on Wednesday (11 January) for military talks on a Middle East settlement. He also paid a surprise visit to Aswan for talks with President Anwar Sadat.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Weizman and his delegation are in Egypt to take part in the first meeting of the Egyptian-Israeli Defence Committee. The committee was set up at the Ismailia summit between President Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin last month. Mr. Weizman received a warm welcome on his arrival in Cairo.
He told newsmen at the airport that President Sadat had invited him to Aswan, adding: "I will see what he has to tell me. He is an old friend." He and Egyptian War Minister Mohammed Gamassi flew to Aswan in an Egyptian Air Force jet for Mr. Weizman's meeting with the President.
it was Mr. Weizman's third visit to Egypt and his fourth meeting with Mr. Sadat.
According to informed Egyptian sources, the two men discussed their differences over Jewish settlements in the occupied Sinai desert. The meeting was also attended by Egyptian Vice-President Hosni Mubarak and General Gamassi.
Mr. Weizman and General Gamassi then flew back to the capital for the formal opening of the military committee meeting at the Tahera Palace in the Cairo suburbs.
The Israeli Defence Minister said the military talks would deal not only with the Egyptian front but with security issues on Israel's other borders.