MIDDLE EAST: Warm Welcomes

But some problems remain we closed the cycle of hostility, opening the chapter of blooming peace." So ended President Yitzhak Navon's welcoming speech to Saad Mortada, 57, Egypt's first Ambassador to Israel. A mood of lighthearted camaraderie followed the formal red-carpet ceremony as the two men joked and chatted together in Arabic. Before they parted company, hearty salvos of laughter were echoing through the main hall of Navon's official residence in Jerusalem. Mortada was so besieged with requests for interviews and invitations to dinner that he asked, "Does every new ambassador...

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