But Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit on Saturday told reporters that while one of the working groups might contact Israeli officials, he did not expect any negotiations.
"These groups are not mandated to negotiate and I do not imagine that they will negotiate on behalf of anyone, whether the Palestinians, Syria or Lebanon," he said.
The mission of the working groups would be to "lay out the political idea behind the Arab effort and explain what is meant by land for peace," the minister added.
"I imagine that this group which talks with Israel will be from countries which have diplomatic relations with Israel, one country or more and not necessarily Egypt," Aboul Gheit said.
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