Israelis, Egyptians discuss security in Cairo

Delegation meets Egyptian officials on Cairo runway, discuss Sinai security, Syria, Palestinians, according to Arab media.

February 15, 2013 11:35
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Downtown Cairo.

Downtown Cairo 521. (photo credit: Wikicommons)

An Israeli delegation departed from Cairo on Thursday evening after meeting Egyptian officials to discuss security issues in Sinai, the alleged Israeli strike in Syria, and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the Egyptian website Al-Shorouk reported Friday.

According to the al-Masreyoon website, an Israeli delegation composed of four officials arrived in Cairo on Thursday on an Israeli military plane. The Israelis met with members of the Egyptian General Intelligence Service while the plane waited on the runway. Sources reported that the talks were headed by the Egyptian intelligence chief Raafat Shehata. The talks were said to have covered the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the reported Israeli attack on Syria, according to the sources.

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The Egyptian website, al-Masry al-Youm also reported about the story on Thursday, saying that the meeting was planned to last several hours, according to unidentified sources.

The meeting was also said to concern the security situation in the Sinai and border smuggling issues, according to the same sources. The Egyptians and Israeli officials also were said to have discussed a possible prisoner swap, which could include the Israeli citizen, Andre Pshenichnikov, who was caught crossing into Egypt a couple of months ago, for a number of Egyptian prisoners.

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