- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 8, 2006


Mubarak’s son leads delegation to Beirut

CAIRO — The politician son of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak led a 70-member delegation to Beirut yesterday to show solidarity with the Lebanese government.

The conflict between Israel and the Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah has inflamed Egyptian public opinion against Israel, putting the Mubarak government in a difficult position.

“The visit — reflects the solidarity of the Egyptian people with the people and government of Lebanon during this ordeal and unjust war,” Gamal Mubarak told reporters before leaving for the Lebanese capital by military transport plane. He was accompanied by ministers, politicians, trade unionists and actors.


U.S. criticized for arming Israel

PUTRAJAYA — Yemen’s foreign minister Thursday criticized the United States for delivering weapons to Israel, saying it is worsening the war in Lebanon.

Foreign Minister Abubakar Al-Qirbi also said the priority now is ending the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, not sending peacekeepers. “The urgency now is to stop the fighting,” he told Agence France-Presse on the sidelines of an emergency meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.

“Sending peacekeeping forces at the moment … will only serve as a buffer to protect Israel without protecting the right of the Lebanese people,” he said, adding that the world shows “double standards” for not urging the United States to stop the shipment of arms to Israel.


AIDS case retrial recessed for 3 weeks

TRIPOLI — The retrial of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused of injecting hundreds of Libyan children with the AIDS virus was adjourned yesterday until Aug. 29.

The six, first detained in 1999, were condemned to death by firing squad in May 2004 after an initial trial in Benghazi in a case that has strained ties between Tripoli and Sofia.

The Supreme Court ordered a retrial after an appeal in December. The nurses and doctor, who worked in a hospital in the eastern city of Benghazi, were accused of injecting 426 children with HIV, 52 of whom have died of AIDS.

Weekly notes …

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah arrived in Ankara yesterday for a three-day official visit, the first by a Saudi monarch to Turkey, with economic cooperation expected to top the agenda. Turkey is eager to lure investment from wealthy oil-producing Middle Eastern countries while Arab investors are seeking to place their petroleum dollars. … Forty eight percent of Israelis think no victor has emerged from the four-week-old conflict with Hezbollah, according to a poll issued late yesterday. Twenty eight percent think Israel is victorious and 12 percent see Hezbollah as the winner, said the poll by Israeli public television.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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