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After meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo Tuesday, Industry, Trade, and Labor Minister Eli Yishai (Shas) presented the Egyptian leader with a written message from Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in which the rabbi broached the subject of Egyptian involvement in negotiations for the release of captured IDF soldiers, Army Radio reported.
"It is clear to me that, faced with your status and experience, the organizations holding [our] soldiers will not be able to turn you away empty-handed. I ask that you demand the release of [Gilad] Schalit, [Ehud] Goldwasser and [Eldad] Regev," the message read. "As a spiritual and religious leader I feel that it is my moral and Jewish responsibility to raise this matter with you."
"I delivered [to Mubarak] a message from Rabbi Ovadia - who is our spiritual leader and has known President Mubarak personally for many years - that deals with the [Schalit] issue and other matters," the Nfc website quoted Yishai as saying.
Yishai reportedly complimented the Egyptian leader, saying his activities, and especially his involvement in Israeli - Palestinian negotiations, were promoting stability and peace in the region.
Cooperation between Israel and Egypt in all spheres constituted a basis for deepening bilateral relations, Yishai said, adding that the neighboring countries shared mutual political and economical interests.
Yishai also met with his counterpart, Rashid Machmad Rashid and with Egyptian Intelligence Chief Omar Suleiman.