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Albright Arrives in Cairo

January 27, 1999

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright arrived in Cairo on Wednesday for talks with President Hosni Mubarak that were expected to focus on the Iraq crisis and the stalled Middle East peace process.

Albright also was to have a working lunch with Foreign Minister Amr Moussa before leaving to Saudi Arabia. She flew to Egypt from Russia.

On Sunday, while she was on her way to talks in Moscow with Russian leaders on a number of topics, including Iraq, the Iraqi foreign minister, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf stormed out of an Arab League debate in Cairo after its members declined to condemn strongly U.N. sanctions and last month’s U.S.-British airstrikes.

The Rab foreign ministers agreed on an expression of ``deep concern at the use of the military option against Iraq.″

Iraq had hoped the ministers would denounce the attacks as ``aggression.″

Albright and other senior U.S. officials have claimed, during the long U.S. campaign to force Iraq to submit to unfettered U.N. weapons inspections, that many Arab governments quietly support the Clinton administration on Iraq.

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