Barak discusses Schalit in Egypt

Comes after Mubarak says world must treat Iranian nuclear program like Israel’s.

January 27, 2010 08:45
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Barak meets with Mubarak in Egypt

Barak meets with Mubarak in Egypt. (photo credit: GOP)

Defense Minister Ehud Barak met Egyptian officials in Sharm e-Sheikh Wednesday for “comprehensive, deep and productive talks,” focusing on the peace process with the Palestinians and the issue of captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, the Defense Ministry said.

Barak held separate meetings with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, his Egyptian counterpart Hussein Tantawi and Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman.

The meeting comes after Mubarak on Tuesday night said the world must treat the Iranian nuclear program like Israel’s


“All the attention the international community is giving to the Iranian program must take into account a similar approach to Israel's nuclear capabilities,” Army Radio quoted the Egyptian leader as saying.

He added that, “even though we openly reject Iran’s stance and actions in the region, we are against military action against it.”

Mubarak added that Teheran had the right to develop nuclear capabilities, but the onus was on the Islamic republic to show that its nuclear program is designed for peaceful means only.

“The cannot survive another crisis, which will not only lead the whole region into a catastrophic situation, but would also threaten world peace and security,” he asserted.


Barak will return to Israel on Wednesday evening.

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