Thursday, August 10, 2006

Egypt's Mubarak rules out cutting Israel ties

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Egypt's Mubarak rules out cutting Israel ties

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has rejected calls to cut ties with Israel over its massive and deadly onslaught against Lebanon.

"Our relations with Israel serve our continued efforts to try to end the crisis," Mubarak said Thursday, quoted by the government news agency MENA.

Egypt has called several times for an immediate ceasefire in the month-old conflict in Lebanon between Israel and Hezbollah, sparked after the Shiite militia captured two soldiers on July 12.

Several MPs and opposition politicians have called for Egypt to freeze ties with Israel and revoke the 1979 peace treaty, the first between an Arab nation and the Jewish state.

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