Report: Western officials believe Mubarak is terminally ill

U.S. and European intelligence agencies believe Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is terminally ill and are keeping close watch of developments in Egypt in order to assess possible succession scenarios, according to a report Sunday in the Washington Times.

The Egyptian leader met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday to discuss developments in peace talks with the Palestinians, and also met with U.S. special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Haaretz reported about two weeks ago that Mubarak’s health has taken a serious turn for the worse, with fears that the 82-year-old is suffering from cancer.

(Egypt President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo, May 9, 2010. Photo by AP)

In the wake of that report and others in Arab newspapers that Mubarak was seeking further medical treatment, Western intelligence agencies now believe Mubarak to be dying from terminal cancer that has spread to his stomach and pancreas, according to the Washington Times. Read more.

Source: Haaretz


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