Monday, January 16, 2006

Egypt Says
It Rejects
Of Nuclear

Egyptian Foreign Minister
Ahmed Aboul Gheit

Egypt says it supports the international communities efforts to deny Iran the ability to build nuclear weapons:

Egypt on Monday said it supported using nuclear technology for peaceful purposes but rejected the emergence of a nuclear military power in the region, in its first official reaction to the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program.

“All countries should adhere to their commitments in a way to allow the international community to be sure of the peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program, as we do not accept the emergence of a nuclear military power,” Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said in a statement.

Aboul Gheit said Egypt was “closely watching” the development of the Iranian nuclear issue “out of its absolute keenness to support all the efforts aimed at consolidating the nuclear nonproliferation (policy) not only at the regional level but all over the world.”

I would like to believe they really feel this way, but the way the Egyptian Foreign Minister phrased that makes me nervous. I have to wonder if this may be the first step in an Arab-world wide initiative to take Israel to the UN Security Council.

What do you think?