Egypt says Right gov’t may damage peace

Posted: March 22, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Egypt, Israel, Peace Process

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Aboul Gheit

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Aboul Gheit

Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ahmad Aboul Gheit, has expressed his concern recently on the emergence of Right-wing government in Israel. Aboul Gheit believes such government may significantly damage talks between Israel and Palestinians:

As Israel and Hamas leaders are discussing the fate of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit in Cairo, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Aboul Gheit expressed concern over the establishment of an “extreme right” government in Israel.

Aboul Gheit, in Brussels for a Euro-Mediterranean Partnership meeting, made these statements after a coalition agreement was signed between Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu, making Avigdor Lieberman Israel’s next foreign minister.

According to the Egyptian minister, “We are standing before a negative factor that is likely to damage the peace process.”

Aboul Gheit refrained from making any direct references to Lieberman, but said that “if the members of the future government act in accordance with the declarations made in recent years, we will be faced with serious hardships and extreme circumstances.”

Also damaging peace talks: terrorism.

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