Egyptian envoy to US: Peace treaty with Israel will stand

Sameh Shoukry says peace agreement has been beneficial to Egypt, will be upheld; opposition leader Ayman Nour reportedly disagrees.

February 13, 2011 21:13
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Egypt's ambassador to the US Sameh Shoukry

Shoukry 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Egyptian Ambassador to the United States Sameh Shoukry on Sunday said that he believes Egypt's peace treaty with Israel will stand, following the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. Shoukry's comments came in an interview with ABC's Christiane Amanpour.

"The treaty with Israel...has been beneficial to egypt over the last thirty years. We have derived a dividend from the treaty. We have been able to establish security and stability in the region and i believe it is a main element in terms of our foreign policy," Sameh said.

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Leading opposition figure Ayman Nour had a differing opinion on Egypt's foreign policy going forward, saying Friday that the Camp David era was over and Egypt should rethink the peace treaty with Israel, Channel Two reported.

Nour was the runner-up to Mubarak in 2005 elections, after which he was sent to prison for five years under a cloud of controversy.

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Shoukry, however said that Egypt will maintain good relations with the US and Israel because such relations are in the best interest of the Egyptian people.

The Egyptian envoy said that Egypt's top priorities at this time are security and economic welfare. He could not give an exact timetable for the lifting of Egypt's emergency laws or when elections might be held.

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