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Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the head of the military council now running Egypt, met a number of different senior ministers on Saturday, state media reported, Reuters reported. Tantawi met with Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq and the interior minister, the report said.
He also met the head of the constitutional court and the justice minister "to discuss the legal and constitutional issues which bring about constitutional legitimacy and justice," according to state media.
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Tantawi discussed the need for "the immediate return of life to normality" with Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq. With Interior Minister Mahmoud Wagdy, he considered the speedy return of the police to duty as soon as possible.
Earlier on Saturday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu welcomed a pledge by the Egyptian military
to maintain the peace treaty between the two countries. Netanyahu said
the treaty "is a cornerstone of peace and stability in the Middle East."
announcement came after Egypt's military rulers promised the country
will abide by its international agreements, a nod to allay concerns that
Egypt's peace deal with Israel could be threatened following the ouster
of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Following Netanyahu's statement, Defense Minister Ehud Barak spoke with his Egyptian counterpart Hussein Tantawi who has headed the top military security council in Egypt since anti-government protests began.
Also on Saturday, the main coalition of youth and opposition groups in
Egypt said it will end its protest in a central Cairo square. But the
groups said they will call for weekly demonstrations to maintain
pressure on the ruling military to implement democratic reforms.
group listed its demands at a press conference and said they want hated
emergency laws to be lifted, parliament to be dissolved and a committee
to amend the constitution, among others. Some protesters not linked to
the coalition say they will stay camped on Tahrir Square, and it was not
immediately clear when the downtown area will be cleared.