Egypt protests European refusal to endorse call for nuclear-free ME

October 17, 2007 18:20

Egypt has sent a high-level protest to dozens of European nations expressing "astonishment and regret" at their refusal to endorse Cairo's call for a Middle East nuclear-free zone at a conference last month and asking for an explanation, in a letter made available Wednesday to The Associated Press. The October 4 letter, signed by Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit, was an unusual reflection of rancor on the part of Cairo with the decision by most EU nations and aspiring members to move away from their traditional support of such a zone.

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