WASHINGTON — President Reagan, declaring that "every day is an opportunity" to promote peace in the Middle East, met today with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in an effort to open Arab-Israeli negotiations.
Reagan said the current impasse was "one of our great concerns," but he gave no indication in posing for photographs with Mubarak that the two leaders could devise a new approach.
Mubarak, who urged Reagan during a visit last March to open a dialogue with the Palestine Liberation Organization, did not repeat the advice as they sat in matching wing chairs in the Oval Office. "Let us discuss these points with the President before we say publicly," he said.
Asked if he was reconsidering his position since the United States is boycotting the PLO until it accepts Israel's right to exist, Mubarak said "I have on mind so many things to discuss."