JERUSALEM (AP) – Israeli President Shimon Peres’ office says he will discuss an Arab proposal for comprehensive Mideast peace when he meets with Egypt’s leader this week.
Peres has recently been promoting the Saudi initiative because Israel’s separate peace talks with Syria and the Palestinians appear to be making little progress.
A Peres spokesman said Wednesday that the Arab peace plan would “come up” when he meets President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt on Thursday.
Saudi Arabia first proposed the peace initiative in 2002. It offers pan-Arab recognition of Israel in exchange for Israel’s withdrawal from Arab lands captured in 1967. The 22-member Arab League has since endorsed the plan. Israel says the initiative is a good basis for talks, though it objects to some of the conditions.