ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — President Hosni Mubarak and Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres today agreed to dedicate 1987 to a search for a permanent Mideast peace and to set up a committee to prepare for an international conference on it. Egypt announced that it was returning its ambassador to Israel.
The agreement on the international conference appeared to be the major achievement from the first summit between the two countries in five years. However, it was not referred to in the official statement issued at the end of the two-day meeting.
Peres flew back to Tel Aviv, where he said he expected some opposition within his coalition government over the agreement.
Mubarak told reporters: "We have both of us agreed on an international conference and . . . a preparatory committee. Still, there are some issues to discuss. . . . You can't imagine such a problem to be solved in 24 hours, but we made good progress."
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Neither man mentioned details, but Peres said the committee would discuss procedure and composition for a conference.
Egypt and Jordan have favored an international conference to provide a framework for direct negotiations between Israel and the Arabs.
The United States, and Israel until now, had voiced opposition to an international conference because it would include the Soviet Union.