Cairo on Friday clarified that it is obligated to the peace treaty with Israel after controversial statements by Egyptian Prime Minister Issam Sharaf led the Foreign Ministry to summon Egypt's ambassador to its Jerusalem offices.
In an interview with a Turkish television station Thursday, the Egyptian prime minister said the peace treaty with Israel is not sacred, and is always open for discussion. According to Sharaf, the agreement could be changed if it "would benefit the region and help create a just peace."
Foreign Ministry Director-General Rafi Barak expressed indignation at the statements by senior Egyptian officials, including Sharaf. He stressed at the meeting to the Egyptian ambassador, Yasser Reda, that the agreements should be honored literally.
Following the summoning of the Egyptian ambassador for clarification on the matter, Egypt's Foreign Ministry stated that Cairo would remain obligated to the peace agreement as long as Israel upheld the terms of the accords, Israel Radio reported.
According to the Israel Radio report, Reda was told by officials in Jerusalem that Israel has no intention of amending the peace treaty and that such a move could not be made unilaterally.