Egypt and the four-member summit
Egypt, Politics, 10/14/2000
Well-informed sources in Cairo said on Friday quoting reliable Egyptian sources that Egypt's call to convene a four - member summit in Sharm al-Sheikh came at a pressure and persistence from the Palestinian President Yasser Arafat who asked in two telephone calls he made on Thursday with President Mubarak to convene this summit as soon as possible.
The sources added that Egypt refused to convene the summit and has place conditions for convening it, adding that until Thursday evening the Egyptian foreign minister stressed that there is not at the meantime a peace process in the Middle East.
According to these sources all citizen's circles with its media, and cultural strata are in a state of anger towards the call advocated by Egypt to convene a four- member summit in Sharm al-Sheikh. Several media personalities including the chief editor of al-Ahali paper Nabil Zaki and the deputy chief editor of al-Ahram Ihsan Baker, the chief editor of al-Musawar magazine Youssef al-Qaeid and the chief editor of al-Osbo ' paper Amre Nasif considered this summit as a violations to the Palestinian uprising and an attempt to undermine the Arab summit.
The sources continued that for many Egyptian intellectuals the call for this four-member summit constituted a real shock and they described it as catastrophic under the call advocated by the Egyptian public to boycott diplomatic relations with Israel and halting all forms of dealing with it.
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