Egypt denies Morsi sent letter to Peres

Published July 31st, 2012 - 07:15 GMT

Yasser Ali, the spokesman for the Egyptian President Tuesday denied reports that his boss Mohamed Morsi sent a letter to his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres. "President Morsi has not sent any letter to his Israeli counterpart. This information does not correspond to reality," said the spokesman, according to the Egyptian media.

Earlier in the day, the Israeli Presidency issued a statement saying a letter was addressed President Peres by Morsi. The letter reportedly said that Egypt was committed to work to revive the peace process in the Middle East. "I hope we do our best efforts to put the peace process in the Middle East back on track in order to achieve security and stability for all peoples of the region, including the Israeli people", Morsi "wrote" in the letter.

The peace process between Palestine and Israel was halted in September 2010, following the resumption of Israeli settlement activities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

To date, the Israeli president had sent two letters to Mohamed Morsi, the first Islamist to serve as Egypt's head of state. In the first he congratulated Morsi on his victory in the presidential poll, but apparently this letter remained unanswered. In the second letter, Peres congratulated the Egyptians at the beginning of Ramadan.

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