Report: Senior Hezbollah officials invited to Cairo
Al Akhbar: Cairo invites Nasrallah for talks, but Hezbollah will likely send deputy.
Egypt is expected to summon a Hezbollah senior official for talks in Cairo, the Lebanese daily paper Al Akhbar reported on Tuesday. The report states that Labor Minister Mohammed Fneish, also a member of Hezbollah, is to represent the organization.
Additionally it was reported that the invitation would officially be addressed to Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah, who has refrained from public appearances since the Second Lebanon War.
Egyptian sources stated that Cairo wishes to conduct the talks for strategic purposes in order "to stand at an equal distance from all the power centers of Lebanon."
Druze leader Walid Jumblat has met with President Hosni Mubarak during his current visit in Cairo. Samir Geagea, leader of the "Lebanese Forces", a Christian anti-Syrian faction that?s part of the parliamentary majority also visited Cairo several days ago.
A date for talks has not yet been set. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hussam Zaki states that the expected visit of Lebanese officials in Cairo is intended to "strengthen the Lebanese state and its official institutions." He added that Egypt would support ideas to achieve these targets.