British prime minister expected in Cairo for talks with Egypt's president

Iran Materials 16 December 2006 13:12 (UTC +04:00)

(AFP) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair is expected in Egypt to hold talks with President Hosni Mubarak, presidential sources told AFP.

The two are expected to hold talks on regional developments during a lunch meeting, the sources said, without giving a precise time, reports Trend.

The state-owned Akhbar Al-Yom newspaper, citing an unnamed spokesman from the premier's office, said the two leaders would seek ways to revive the Middle East peace process and discuss developments in Iraq, Lebanon, Iran and Sudan's troubled region of Darfur.

The summit is part of a US-British-Egyptian effort to "enlarge the Arab and particularly the Egyptian role, as Egypt is a key player for peace and stability in the region," former British ambassador to Egypt Graham Boyce told the daily.

Blair arrived in Ankara on Friday ahead of his Middle East tour.