Nation: The Man Begin Won't See

The man whom Menachem Begin refused to meet last week, Egypt's Premier Moustafa Khalil, guards his privacy so carefully that he is not even listed in Who's Who in Egypt, but he most certainly does have the authority to negotiate for Egypt with Begin or anyone else. He enjoys not only the support of President Sadat but also considerable respect among both conservatives and liberals in Egypt.

Khalil, 58, is a highly skilled technocrat. Born into a prosperous farming family in the Nile Delta, he studied at the University of Illinois, where he earned a doctorate in engineering. A hard-driving and meticulous...

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