Mubarak rejects bridge from Sinai to Saudi Arabia

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has said he is opposed to a Saudi plan to build a bridge linking the oil-rich kingdom with Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, an Egyptian newspaper reported Sunday. If built, the bridge over the Gulf of Aqaba, connecting Saudi's western coast to the Egyptian Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, would be the first direct link between the two continents of Africa and Asia. "Nobody has talked to us about this," Mubarak told the Cairo evening paper Al-Messa in an interview. "I refuse to build such a bridge or its passing through Sharm el-Sheik." Egypt has been pushing for the construction of such a bridge for years, and it is not clear if there are political considerations behind Mubarak's rejection.