Egypt's President Mohammad Morsi voiced support for countries in pursuit of peaceful nuclear energy in an address to the 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on Thursday.
Egypt backs rights of countries to have peaceful nuclear energy and calls for a Middle East free of nuclear and mass destruction weapons, he said. He also criticized Israel for refusing to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Elsewhere in his speech, he called for reforms in the structure of the United Nations Security Council.
Criticizing the exclusive veto right for certain members of the Security Council as an obstacle to the effective resolution of some international problems, he said the structure of the Council must change and it should have more reliable legislations. He also underlined Palestine issue as a priority in the NAM agenda since its foundation, saying it will be pursued by the international body until coming up with a just solution and establishment of an independent Palestinian state. He also said Cairo supports Palestine's appeal for membership in the United Nations.
Pointing to Syria's conflict Morsi said that his country would support any plan aimed at stopping bloodshed in the troubled country.