A Foreign Ministry official said Saturday the Egyptian-Israeli border dispute over the Red Sea resort of Taba is likely to be settled this week, ending a quarrel that has marred bilateral relations for seven years.

Under a tentative agreement, Israel would return Taba to Egypt, but Israelis would be allowed to visit the 250-acre resort without visas or special entry fees.The package still needs final approval of the Israeli Cabinet, which is due to vote on it Sunday. Egyptian and Israeli delegates will meet in Taba to work out the final details of the package.

"If it goes quickly, we will be able to sign Sunday night," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Alon Liel.