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Britain, Egypt Discuss Anti-Terror War - 2001-11-06

Britain's defense secretary and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak have discussed the anti-terrorist campaign in Afghanistan and Middle East peace prospects.

British Defense Secretary Geoffrey Hoon says the military campaign against the Teleban must continue by "targeting, very precisely, their military forces and military installations."

Mr. Hoon talked with reporters in Cairo after meeting with President Hosni Mubarak. Mr. Hoon said the two men also discussed efforts to get Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table.

Mr. Hoon said he was taking a message about the Middle East peace process from President Murbark to British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Mr. Blair leaves Wednesday for talks with President Bush in Washington.

As have other leaders in the Middle East, President Mubarak expressed hope the U.S.-led campaign in Afghanistan would end before the beginning of Ramadan next week. But he said "you can not guarantee whether the operations can be stopped without benefiting the other side."