Mubarak Gives Peace Talks Thumbs-Up

Egyptian prez on board for next week's Annapolis summit
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2007 6:33 PM CST
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, left, laughs as he stands with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, center right, as they are surrounded by aides and bodyguards following a joint press conference in...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Saying "Now is the right time for a comprehensive peace," Hosni Mubarak today endorsed next week's Middle East summit in Annapolis, the Times reports. The Egyptian president's backing boosted hopes that more Arab states will take part. “Obviously we would hope that Egypt’s position will be representative of a larger Arab position,” said an Israeli spokesman.

Mubarak appeared at a summit in Sharm el Sheik, Egypt, with Israeli PM Ehud Olmert, who expressed hope that the summit "will enjoy impressive backing of very influential elements in the region and the whole world." Mubarak also said he expects Syria to send an envoy to the meeting. If Syria does, Saudi Arabia is expected to do likewise.