Mubarak says Israel seeks to open new regional fronts, urges Palestinians to settle disputes on government formation
Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak on Sunday accused Israel of wanting to "open new fronts" in the region, following a recent Israeli air raid against an alleged Palestinian training camp deep in Syrian territory.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel "Sharon wants to open new fronts here and there and it's a mistake. It's the citizen in Israel who will pay for these mistakes and who will not be able to live in peace," Mubarak warned.
"We want peace to reign in the whole region," the Egyptian President told journalists.
"We are in contact with the Palestinians and we are sometimes addressing messages to the Israelis, but they don't listen to anyone," he said.
In addition, Mubarak called on the Palestinians to sort out their differences on setting up a government, "so that obstacles don't come to the Palestinian side."
He urged the Palestinian leadership to "realize that the situation is difficult - - the American election is coming up, Sharon knows it and each side is absorbed by its own problems." (Albawaba.com)
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