EU's Solana in Egypt, meeting President Mubarak

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana met Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Thursday, at the start of his Middle East tour meant to revive the drive for peace in the region. Before leaving Brussels on Wednesday, Solana said that the time was right for a new push for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. After Egypt, Solana was expected to visit the Palestinian territories, Jordan and Israel, before returning to brief EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday.