Middle East: Reconciliation on the Nile

On the run again, Arafat turns up in Cairo to embrace Mubarak

"It proves that Egypt is always right," declared an excited Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak as he stood at the steps of Cairo's Kubbeh Palace awaiting the arrival of a surprise visitor. His guest: Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat, who had shunned Egypt ever since Mubarak's predecessor, the late Anwar Sadat, took his search for peace to Jerusalem in 1977 and subsequently signed a peace treaty with Israel. Now, in one of those strange, unpredictable moments of diplomatic fluidity in...

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