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Clinton going to Egypt

Published Mar. 8, 1996|Updated Sep. 15, 2005

In a bid to steady Israeli nerves shaken by recent bombings, President Clinton is expected to travel to Egypt next week for a summit conference on terrorism, White House officials said Thursday. Clinton also is likely to visit Israel.

The White House withheld formal announcement of the trip pending last-minute talks with Egypt and other nations. White House spokesman Mike McCurry indicated final word would come today. "It will be a very significant gathering," he said.

Among the 20 or so expected participants in the one-day meeting Wednesday are Israel, the Palestinians, Egypt, Jordan, Russia, the European Union and some Persian Gulf and North African states.

Whatever the outcome, Arab diplomats here said, the fact that Egypt would host and other Arab countries would attend a high-level gathering aimed at halting terrorism in Israel would bolster pro-peace forces in the region. The summit also will dramatize the relative isolation of Hamas, the extremist group that has claimed responsibility for recent suicide bombings in Israel, they said.

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