Egypt favors quiet diplomacy with Saudis

Egypt's foreign ministry spokesman said that his government favored quiet diplomacy in the case of two Egyptian doctors sentenced to prison and lashes in Saudi Arabia. But Hossam Zaki said Egypt won't abandon the case. The doctors were convicted earlier this month of illegally trading pharmaceuticals in Saudi Arabia. One was also found guilty of having affairs with his female patients. Egyptian media and rights groups have criticized Saudi Arabia over the case and demanded President Hosni Mubarak intervene to free the doctors. Saudi newspapers scoffed at the criticism, saying it interfered with their legal system.