Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Suleiman invites Lieberman to visit Egypt

"Israeli sources reported Wednesday that Egypt’s Intelligence Chief, Omar Suleiman, who is also in charge of indirect prisoner-swap and ceasefire talks with Hamas, invited Israel’s Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman to visit Egypt.

Visiting Israel, Suleiman met with Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Israel’s Defense Minister, Ehud Barak.

Suleiman met Lieberman for fifty minutes and invited him to visit Cairo. The invitation holds great significance to Israel as Egypt initially said it will not be dealing with Lieberman for publically insulting the Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak.

The meeting took place at the office of the Israeli Prime Minister in order to avoid the press and maintain discretion, Israeli online daily, Haaretz, reported. After the meeting, the two officials issued a joint press release in which they stated that they agreed to work together as, according to the two officials, Israeli-Egyptian relations are very important for achieving peace in the region.

The office of Lieberman issued a statement describing the meeting as friendly, and that Lieberman expressed appreciation and respect to the Egyptian leadership and its role in the area. Lieberman, who said last year that the Egyptian president “can go to hell”, said that he has personal respect for Hosni Mubarak and Omar Suleiman."

[COMMENT: Remember that old saying about "still respecting you the morning after"?]

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