Olmert to Meet Mubarak Next Week Over Peace Moves

The meeting is part of Olmert's overture to moderate Arab countries to back peace process.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is to meet next week with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, apparently in Cairo, a government source in Jerusalem has said.

The meeting is part of Olmert's efforts to engender support among moderate Arab countries for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Last week, Olmert met with King Abdullah of Jordan.

The Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit is planning to visit Israel Wednesday for talks with Olmert and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.

The details of the Olmert-Mubarak talks are to be worked out during the Egyptian foreign minister's visit.

Olmert phoned Mubarak on Sunday to update him on his talks with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Diplomatic sources said that there were no plans for a regional summit that could include Olmert, Mubarak, Abbas and King Abdullah. Olmert ahs said in the past that he did not rule out such a gathering.

On Monday, Olmert told his Kadima faction, "We are a party which seeks a peace process. Diplomacy is a lenghy process, and not without risks. I hope that [the talks last weekend with Abbas] will be an opening to further meetings."