Israel’s Prime Minister has reaffirmed his commitment to the US-backed “road map” peace plan at a meeting with the Egyptian president. It was Ehud Olmert’s first summit with Hosni Mubarak since taking office.
The Egyptian leader urged him not to act unilaterally – a reference to Israel’s warning it will finalise its borders without consulting the Palestinians if it believes it has no partner to negotiate with. Olmert suggested multilateralism still had a chance, saying: “We want to make the most out of the diplomatic channel to Mahmoud Abbas, the elected head of the Palestinian Authority, so that we can move forward with the road map.” There was a warm atmosphere between the two leaders, although the talks were overshadowed by a border incident in which two Egyptian policemen were killed. The two countries have set up a joint committee to investigate.