Egypt Independent

Amr: Egypt will respect peace treaty if Israel does



Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr has said that Egypt will respect the peace treaty with Israel so long as they also abide by it.

“There are close and contractual relations among the countries. As I always say, Egypt is respectful country that respects its vows and what it agreed upon willingly. There is an agreement of peace between us and Israel. We will respect it, as long as Israel respects it,” Amr told the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper on Sunday

Amr also addressed the US reaction to an Arab delegation's proposal on making peace with Israel and supporting the Palestinian cause, saying, “We [the Arab delegation including Egypt] will convey the common feeling in the Arab world, [which is] that the peace process has turned into crisis and negotiation management, without reaching peace. This causes a kind of concern and is depressing not only for governments but also the people.”

"We need change in this process, [which] has been ongoing for decades, so that we can find concrete results. If this doesn't happen, no one can guarantee what would happen in Palestine and the Arab world," he said.

Palestinian Foreign Ministry Riyadh al-Malki said last week that the delegation would head to Washington on 29 April to meet with US President Barack Obama and US Secretary of State John Kerry, after a meeting of the Arab Peace Initiative in Doha.

The delegation, which will include Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Qandil, Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim Al-Thani, Arab League Chief Nabil al-Araby,  and the prime ministers of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and the Palestinian-governed West Bank, will present the initiative's view on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.