Two further steps toward the normalisation of relations between Egypt and Israel were taken on Sunday (29 April).
Two further steps toward the normalisation of relations between Egypt and Israel were taken on Sunday (29 April). While a freighter headed up the Gulf of Suez to become the first Israeli ship ever to steam through the canal under the Israeli flag, the joint Egyptian-Israeli Military Commission met for the first time to discuss Israel's withdrawal from the Sinai peninsular.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting, at El Tasa in the United Nations Sinai buffer zone was largely a ceremonial occasion.
Israel's Brigadier-General Dov Sion, and Egypt's Brigadier-General Seif A-Din Shanaf acted as joint Chairmen. Direct telephone communications will soon be set up between the offices of the two delegations, and there will be more meetings before the Sinai capital of El Arish is handed over to Egypt later this month.
The Israeli freighter, Ashdod, steamed through the canal in a thirty-two vessel convoy on its way to Port Said. Suez Canal Authority (SCA) officials said patrol launches escorted the four thousand, five hundred thousand freighter as part of security precautions. When the ship approached the city of Suez, it sounded its horn, and dock workers cheered.