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Egypt and Israel Meet Over Arms Smuggling

Israel’s defense minister, Ehud Barak, met President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt in Sharm el Sheik, Egypt, amid tension over weapons smuggling from Egypt into Gaza. Earlier in the day, Egypt’s foreign minister, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, had complained about “the Israeli lobby’s efforts to harm Egypt’s interests with the Congress,” referring to moves to make some American military aid to Egypt conditional on its taking steps to stop the smuggling and protect human rights. After the meeting, Mr. Barak said, “Whenever we have points of dispute, we will discuss them through face-to-face dialogue in good faith.”

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