Egyptian FM, intelligence chief to visit Israel in November
Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman and Foreign Minister Ahmed Abu Gheit will visit Israel on November 11, the Foreign Ministry announced Wednesday.
The trip was originally scheduled for a few weeks ago, but the Egyptians postponed it.
The visitors will meet with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom to discuss the disengagement plan and security cooperation to prevent smuggling across the Egyptian border.
Suleiman, who is considered the number-two man in Egypt's leadership, said in Washington two weeks ago that Cairo would be ready to deploy border police along the border by January 1, if Israel agrees. The two countries are now negotiating over the size of the force and how heavily it would be armed.
He also reiterated Egypt's demands that Israel vacate Gaza completely, include the Philadelphi Road region, allow Gaza's port and airport to reopen and "give something" to Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat.
Finally, he complained that Israel is not allowing Palestinian security personnel to come to Egypt for training. An Israeli security source responded that Israel sees no point to such training until the PA security services undergo administrative reforms.