Arab League chief Amr Moussa Egypt 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Abdallah Dalsh)
The Camp David Accords “cannot be touched,” warned former secretary- general of
the Arab League Amr Moussa in an interview with Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida on
Moussa, a candidate for the 2011 Egyptian presidential
elections, also condemned the recent storming of Israel’s embassy in Cairo,
calling it “the work of thugs.”
Cairo envoy: Swift re-opening of embassy important
Our World: Lessons from the embassy takeover
Addressing the deterioration of
Turkish-Israeli relations, he said: “Turkey has realized the meaning of the
injustice suffered by Palestinians,” and that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
Erdogan’s reaction to “Israeli aggression” contributed to his growing support
from Turkish citizens.
The interview follows Cairo’s clarification on
Friday that it is committed to the peace treaty with Israel, after controversial
by Prime Minister Issam Sharaf led the Foreign Ministry to summon
to its Jerusalem offices.
In an interview with a
Turkish television station on Thursday, the Egyptian prime minister said the
peace treaty with Israel is “not sacred, and is always open for
According to Sharaf, the agreement could be changed if it
“would benefit the region and help create a just peace.”
official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Foreign Ministry
director-general Rafi Barak told Egyptian envoy Yasser Reda that treaties must
be honored to the letter.
Following the summoning of the Egyptian
ambassador for clarification on the matter, a Foreign Ministry official in Cairo
was quoted by Egyptian news agency MENA as saying that Egypt respected all its
international obligations and was committed to the agreements it had signed,
“including the Vienna Treaty concerning diplomatic relations and the
Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty, so long that the other party abides by the letter
and spirit of its commitments.”
Israel has also asked for help to enable
its Cairo embassy to return to normal operations, MENA added.
between Egypt and Israel, strained since president Hosni Mubarak was ousted in
February, spiraled into crisis last Saturday when protesters in Cairo stormed
building where the Jewish state’s embassy is based, forcing most of its
diplomats to flee Egypt.