Egypt: Hamas must stop violence, accept Israel

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 1, 2006 13:25

 
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Egypt intends to tell Hamas leaders that they must recognize Israel, disarm and honor past peace deals, a top Egyptian official told reporters Wednesday, in a new sign of how Arab governments are pushing the militant group to moderate after its surprise election victory. "Nobody will talk to them before they stop violence, recognize Israel and accept (peace) agreements, including the road map," the chief of Egypt's intelligence, Omar Suleiman, told journalists in Cairo. Suleiman spoke to journalists after a meeting between the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

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