Italian Foreign Minister Mariano Rumor arrived in Cairo o Sunday (27 April) to discuss with his Egyptian counterpart, Mr.
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Background: Italian Foreign Minister Mariano Rumor arrived in Cairo o Sunday (27 April) to discuss with his Egyptian counterpart, Mr. Ismail Fahmi, the latest middle East situation.
Signor Rumor's visit was partly to complete three technical and trade agreements which cover the protection and guarantees of capital investment and an Italian gift of 21,000 tons of wheat. Italy has also agreed to supply Egypt with 10,000 tons of butane gas each month.
In a series of talks, the two ministers discussed Europe's role in promoting peace in the region.
Mr. Fahmi has said that Egypt was keen to secure European representation at the Geneva Peace Conference because European security was closely linked with that of the Middle East.
He has also insisted that the Palestinians should take part in the peace talks, otherwise there would be no Geneva conference.
Signor Rumor assured him that the Common Market countries supported Israeli withdrawal from Arab territories, and respected the legitimate rights of Palestinians and national security of all countries in the area.
The Italian Foreign Minister was the first of the six Foreign Ministers--the others are from Holland, Hungary, Norway, India and the Soviet Union--due to have talks with Mr. Fahmi in the next few weeks.