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Mideast Highway Link Proposed

June 7, 1995

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) _ Jordan, Israel, Egypt and the Palestinians are seeking to build a Middle East highway to bolster their commercial and tourism links.

The European Commission will sponsor a traffic study, including proposals for railway links, civil aviation and maritime cooperation, said Rauf Saad, an Egyptian assistant foreign minister.

``We have agreed on a master plan on roads connecting the countries of the region,″ Saad said at the end of a two-day meeting of a committee formed last year to tackle regional economic cooperation.

The highway project is designed to accommodate Syria and Lebanon at a later stage, he said, declining to provide cost estimates.

Representatives from the United States, Japan, the European Union, Canada and the World Bank took part in the conference.

Jordan and Egypt have signed peace treaties with Israel, and the Palestinians reached a self-rule accord with Israel in 1993.

Saad said an Italian proposal to construct a gas pipeline linking Egypt, Jordan, Israel and Palestinian self-rule areas also was discussed.

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