Olmert and Mubarak to meet in Egypt next week

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will meet in the Red Sea resort of Sharm e-Sheik next week, an Israeli government official said. The official did not say what day the meeting would take place, as it had not been officially announced. Egypt has played a major role in mediating between Israel and the Palestinians, and has been trying to negotiate the release of an Israeli soldier captured by Hamas members After an unannounced meeting last week with Jordan's King Abdullah II, Olmert called Mubarak, and the two leaders agreed to meet soon. Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit will visit Israel on Wednesday for meetings with top Israeli officials.