Egypt Denies Morsi’s Interview with Iranian Agency

The Egyptian presidency on Monday denied that president-elect Mohammed Morsi gave an interview to Iran’s Fars news agency in which he pledged to strengthen ties with the Islamic Republic.

Morsi speaks during his first televised address to the nation
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Morsi speaks during his first televised address to the nation

A report in AFP quoted a spokesman for the Egyptian presidency as having told the official news agency MENA, “Mr. Morsi did not give any interview to Fars and everything that this agency has published is without foundation.”

Fars published on Monday what it said was an interview with Morsi, in which he said he will “reconsider the Camp David Accord” with Israel and that he wants closer ties with Tehran to create a “balance” in the Middle East.

In a speech he made Sunday night, shortly after he was declared the winner of the elections, Morsi vowed to “respect all international agreements,” presumably meaning the pact with Israel, though he did not mention Israel by name.

In response to Morsi’s victory, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said “Israel appreciates the democratic process in Egypt and respects its results.”

He added, “Israel expects the continuation of the cooperation with the Egyptian regime on the basis of the peace treaty between the two countries, which is an interest of both peoples and contributes to the stability of the region.”

Channel 2 News’ veteran Arab affairs expert, Ehud Yaari, predicted on Sunday that Morsi will turn the “cold peace” with Israel into a “hostile peace.”

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