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Egyptian diplomat meets with Shamir in Jerusalem

Egypt's al-Shafei Abdel-Hamid, foreign ministry undersecretary, met here Thursday with Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir against the backdrop of strained Israeli-Egyptian relations worsened by Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's visit to Cairo.

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Israel Radio said the US pressured Cairo to dispatch the undersecretary to Israel to help heal differences between the two former enemies. It was the first visit by a ranking Egyptian official since Cairo recalled its ambassador in September 1982 over the Beirut massacre of Palestinians.