Egypt’s Morsi Vouches for Palestinian Statehood at UN
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi told the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 26 that his country is offering “full support to any course of action Palestine decides to follow in the United Nations.”
“I call upon all of you, just as you have supported the revolutions of the Arab peoples, to lend your support to the Palestinians in their endeavors to regain the full and legitimate rights of a people struggling to gain its freedom and establish its independent state,” Morsi, elected in June from the Muslim Brotherhood party, said.
Since Morsi’s rise to power, terrorist attacks in the Sinai and reports that Egypt is looking to amend its 1979 peace treaty with Israel have fueled concern in the Jewish state over relations with its southern neighbor.
Morsi did call for a Middle East free of nuclear weapons in his speech at the UN, but stressed that all countries in the region have the right to “peaceful use of nuclear energy within the framework of the [Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty].”