CAIRO Feb 21 The Egyptian government plans
within one week to invite an International Monetary Fund mission
for talks, Planning Minister Ashraf al-Araby said on Thursday,
signalling an imminent resumption of negotiations over a $4.8
Egypt reached an initial agreement with the IMF on the loan
agreement in November but postponed final ratification in
December because of political unrest at the time.
"God willing, we expect to invite the IMF delegation within
days," Araby told a news conference. Asked to be more specific,
he said: "Within days, no more than a week."