Ahead of Mubarak meeting, Peres says ties with Egypt strengthened

President Shimon Peres said on Tuesday morning that relations between Israel and Egypt had strengthened, and praised Egypt's attempts to fight terror and smuggling. Peres's statement came ahead of a meeting with President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo. The two leaders were expected to discuss efforts to free captive IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, held by Hamas terrorists, and a regional peace agreement.