Earlier, Mahir met with top Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom and
opposition leader Shimon Peres.
Mahir reportedly urged Israel to assist Egyptian efforts to convince Palestinian resistance groups to reach a cease-
fire with the Israeli occupation army.
The Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz quoted Israeli sources as saying that the visit could pave the way for a summit
between Egyptian President Husni Mubarak and Ariel Sharon.