The national Security Adviser to the Israeli Prime Minister visited Egypt on 28 December in preparation for a meeting between Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Benjamin Netanyahu. That meeting is scheduled to take place early in the New Year in Sharm El-Sheikh.
Radio Israel reported that Uzi Arad was to hold talks with Egyptian officials in Cairo, including Intelligence Chief Omar Suleman. The agenda for Sharm El-Sheikh will include the Israel-Palestine peace process, the situation in the Gaza Strip and bilateral relations between Egypt and Israel. According to Israeli sources quoted by Radio Israel, the efforts to secure the release of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier captured in Gaza, and Iran's nuclear programme will also be discussed.