Former Egyptian Envoy Backs Peace with Israel

(Ynet News) Roee Nahmias - Mohamed Basiouni, who served as Egyptian ambassador to Israel for over a decade, told the Arab daily al-Sharq al-Awsat Thursday that he was against canceling the peace treaty with Israel and that those opposing the treaty probably hadn't read it. He said the existing situation is much better than the situation before June 1967. "I believe that the peace treaty has achieved significant and important gains: The liberation of Egyptian soil, removal of all settlements from Sinai...return of the oil fields, control of sailing rights in the Suez Canal, reduction of the defense budget and increase in foreign investment in Egypt," he said. "We all gained something from this treaty."

2011-04-29 00:00:00

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