Livni to meet Egyp­tian coun­ter­part in Lon­don

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY CANDICE KRIEGER

IS­RAELI FOR­EIGN Min­is­ter Tzipi Livni was due in the UK to­day for a meet­ing with Egyp­tian For­eign Min­is­ter Ahmed Aboul Gheit at the Pales­tinian Author­ity donors’ con­fer­ence.

The meet­ing be­tween the two min­is­ters is re­port­edly the first of its kind since they fell out over Egypt’s han­dling of the arms smug­gling into Gaza.

Last De­cem­ber, Ms Livni crit­i­cised Egypt for not act­ing de­ci­sively against the arms smug­gling threat, pro­vok-

Livni ing a harsh re­sponse from Mr Gheit. Dur­ing the con­fer­ence, the min­is­ters are ex­pected to dis­cuss the pos­si­ble re-open­ing of the Rafah border cross­ing be­tween the coastal Gaza Strip and Egypt.

This morn­ing Ms Livni, who flies back to Is­rael af­ter Shab­bat, was sched­uled to meet Prime Min­is­ter Gor­don Brown at 10 Down­ing Street and to give a brief­ing for lead­ers of the Jewish com­mu­nity.

She was also due to speak at the donors’ con­fer­ence be­fore meet­ing David Miliband at the Bri­tish Com­mon­wealth and For­eign Of­fice later in the day.

Ms Livni met with Aboul Gheit’s top aide, Husam Aza­cki, in Jerusalem on Sun­day, which re­port­edly paved the way for the Lon­don meet­ing.

Ms Livni’s visit fol­lows a sur­prise trip by Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ehud Olmert to the Jor­da­nian cap­i­tal Am­man on Wed­nes­day, where he met King Ab­dul­lah for on­go­ing peace talks.

PHOTO: AP

and Aboul Gheit last year

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