2 - 8 December 1999
Issue No. 458
|Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875|
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PRESIDENT Hosni Mubarak telephoned Ibrahim Nafie, Al-Ahram's board chairman and editor-in-chief last week to wish him a speedy recovery in the United States. Nafie, who is also the chairman of the Press Syndicate and heads the Arab Journalists' Federation, underwent surgery close to the heart at the Washington Hospital Centre last Wednesday to correct a rare birth-defect. He was discharged on Tuesday.
Nafie also received a number of calls by well-wishers including Tunisian President Zine Al-Abidine Ben Ali, Prime Minister Atef Ebeid, a large number of government officials and public figures from across the world.
Al-Ahram Weekly joins them all in hoping for a speedy recovery.
PRESIDENT Hosni Mubarak met yesterday with President Yasser Arafat for talks on the difficulties facing Palestinian-Israeli final settlement negotiations, and Israeli delays in carrying out the second stage of redeployment enshrined in the Sharm Al-Sheikh agreement.
Arafat told reporters after the meeting that the Israeli government was "trying to impose its own maps" of the West Bank territories from which they must withdraw.
Mubarak's meeting with Arafat came ahead of a regional tour by US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, due to start on Sunday. The tour will include Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Israel and Saudi Arabia. In Cairo Albright is expected to hold talks with President Mubarak and Foreign Minister Amr Moussa.
According to US sources Albright will ask Palestinian and Israeli negotiators to speed up their talks in order to reach a framework for the final settlement agreement by February.