Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Monday held talks with visiting Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev over "strategic and political issues connected with the situation in the Middle East and the Central Asia, the official news agency MENA reported.
Egyptian presidential spokesman Suleiman Awad said Mubarak discussed with Nazarbayev the latest developments in the Middle East including the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the Iraqi issues and the agenda of the upcoming Arab Summit, slated for late this month in the Saudi capital Riyadh.
The two leaders also probed bilateral relations, said Awad, adding that the Egyptian-Kazakh relations witnessed a great surge since Mubarak paid a historic visit to Kazakhstan last November.
According to the spokesman, Mubarak has assigned Egyptian Trade and Industry Minister Rachid Mohamed Rachid to lead a large delegation of Egyptian businessmen to visit Kazakhstan next month.
Sunday's summit is the fourth between Mubarak and Nazarbayev, said Awad, adding the summit would give a strong impetus to bilateral ties.
Nazarbayev, who has visited Egypt twice since 1993, arrived in Cairo on Sunday evening on a two-day visit.