- Middle East/North Africa
Contrary to published reports, President Mohamed Morsy did not send any message of thanks to his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres, said presidential spokesperson Yasser Ali on Tuesday.
“All that was published in Israeli newspapers and some Egyptian websites are fabrications and unfounded in fact,” Ali said in a statement.
This comes after the Israeli presidency confirmed through Peres’s official accounts on Twitter and Facebook that the Israeli president had received a letter from Morsy.
The reports claimed that Morsy had asked Peres to exert more effort to achieve justice and peace for all peoples of the region, including Israel, in a letter that was allegedly sent in response to Peres’ letter to Morsy congratulating him on his election and extending best wishes for the month of Ramadan.
Earlier this month the Israeli media reported on Yitzhak Molcho’s visit to Egypt. On the trip, Molcho, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s special envoy, met with director of Egyptian intelligence Mourad Mowafy, and possibly with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces head Hussein Tantawi.
Molcho allegedly told the Egyptian officials that Israel opposes any changes to the Camp David Peace Agreement between the two nations, and that it hopes Egypt’s new president will restore order to Sinai.
Since the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak last year, leaders in the Muslim Brotherhood have said that they would put the unpopular 1979 peace treaty with Israel to a public referendum.
Former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin signed the historic treaty on 17 September 1978 after 13 days of secret negotiations at the Camp David American presidential retreat in Maryland.
The peace treaty formally ended some 30 years of war between Egypt and Israel, and the two countries have maintained a cold peace since its signing.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm