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Department Seal Dennis Ross, Special Middle East Coordinator
Following Meeting With Foreign Minister Moussa
Cairo, Egypt, February 24, 2000


Foreign Minister Moussa: It was a very useful meeting. We continued to have discussions after the meeting with the President. We discussed issues of the peace process on all tracks. There is a meeting of the minds and the necessity to move the tracks and to work on all of them, discussing the road map for the immediate future and how not to waste the year 2000 and try to make the best use of it in order to reach agreements on all tracks and move them forward, including the Lebanese, and how to avoid the negative situations such as the one that we have seen in Lebanon. We agreed to continue our consultations and our contacts in the next few days and weeks.

SMEC Dennis Ross: I agree with the Foreign Minister, we had a very good conversation, a very useful follow on to the discussion with President Mubarak and I think we are very much focused on working together to overcome the current difficulties--to recognize difficulties that are there and understand that they have to be overcome. We're determined to work together to do so, and I think we've had a very useful conversation in that regard.

Question: Mr. Ross, what's next? After evaluating your outcome and there is no success in your mission, is it expected that Ms. Albright will be due to the region soon?

SMEC Dennis Ross: Well, I think, first things first. Let's see if we can overcome the difficulties, we'll see where we are, then we'll decide how best to proceed.

Question: Will he still be in the area?

Foreign Minister Moussa: Yes, he's going back to Israel now.

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