The issue of captive IDF soldier Gilad Schalit will not be raised in the meeting between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Sunday, an Egyptian official said on Tuesday night.
Hussam Zaki, spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, told the Al Arabiya television network that the Schalit issue does not yet demand Mubarak's involvement. Netanyahu and the Egyptian president will discuss efforts to resume Middle East peace negotiations, which he said was more urgent.
According to Israel Radio, Zaki added that while Cairo did not demand that Jerusalem freeze construction of settlements in the West Bank as a condition for holding the meeting with Netanyahu, the meeting should not be interpreted as Egyptian encouragement of the construction.
"Cairo resents any move that thwarts the peace efforts," he reportedly told the station.