'US urging Egypt to maintain peace with Israel'

Mohamed ElBaradei says secret US-Egypt meetings focus on maintaining Camp David Accords if Islamists come to power.

December 27, 2011 17:41
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Mohamed ElBaradei.

Egyptian presidential candidate Mohamed ElBaradei 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Maintaining the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty has been the central issue in secret US discussions with Egypt's military rulers, Egyptian political figure Mohamed ElBaradei told the Iranian Fars news agency Tuesday.

ElBaradei, the former head of the UN's nuclear watchdog group, told Fars that "What the supreme military council said was that the talks were about bilateral and mutual relations, but I believe that Americans wanted to ensure that the deals signed between Egypt and Israel will remain intact if Islamists ascend to power."

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"The negotiations were completely secret and confidential," ElBaradei continued.

According to Fars, senior Muslim Brotherhood member Kamal al-Halbawi said in early December that "the issue of revising the Camp David Accord will also be in the list of the top priorities of (Egypt's new) officials to be studied in its appropriate time." The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice party is leading in Egypt's parliamentary elections.

Nader Bakar, a spokesman of the Salafi al-Nour party, which has won about a quarter of the Egyptian vote thus far, told Fars on Saturday that "Al-Nour is against the establishment of any relations with the Zionist regime."

The spokesman also rejected reports that Nour leaders met with Israel's ambassador to Egypt, calling them a smear campaign against the Islamist party.

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