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'No leniency' to anyone violating Egypt borders

Sept. 26, 2013 12:08 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 20, 2013 3:49 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) – The frequent meetings between Egyptian officials and President Mahmoud Abbas have “a political message meaning that Egypt is committed to the Palestinian question,” foreign minister Nabil Fahmi said Wednesday.

Speaking to Ma'an as he ended a meeting with Abbas in New York, Fahmi said he asserted to Abbas that the new Egyptian leadership was more committed to the Palestinian people.

“Furthermore, Egypt supports the negotiation path which the Palestinian leadership has chosen,” added the prime minister.

Fahmi reiterated prior remarks about Egypt responding harshly to Hamas if it attempts to harm Egypt’s national security.

“I am committed to what I have said, and hereby reassert that we will not harm the population of Gaza. However, those who imagine that we will show lenience about our borders and sovereignty fail to understand Egypt’s character. The military force I said we would use will not be against Palestinian citizens, but rather against those who violated our borders and sovereignty.”

Asked to comment on US President’s Barack Obama's speech at the UN, the Egyptian official said it reflected a change in US attitudes.

“It is a step in the right direction. Obama is talking for the first time about what the Egyptian people want and about their expectations, and this is a significant change because it is the citizens who rule Egypt now and the whole world has realized that.”

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