Egyptian FM Says Normalization with Israel a Two-Way Street

Published July 5th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Egypt believes that normalization between Arabs and Israel is a two-way street, leading to respect for each other and not to serve the interest of one party to the detriment of the other, Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa said Tuesday. 

"Normalization is road going in both directions based on solidarity and equilibrium," Moussa said in a speech at a gathering on "the new Middle East after the peace." 

"If Israel wants the Arab states to normalize relations with it, which is normal, it must also move in the same way," he added, saying normalization is "an exchange and not an obligation on the Arabs." 

However, he said it was Israel's obligation to "move towards Arab society" if it wants that normalization. 

He also said Egypt expects a breakthrough "in the coming weeks" on the Israeli-Palestinian track in the peace process, which will smooth over differences on the declaration of an independent Palestinian state. 

The "coming weeks should bring progress and give a clearer picture of the Palestinian state" that the Palestinian authority is determined to declare September 13th, he said. 

He did not give any more details as to the nature of the progress he is expecting, but underlined "the importance of the American role" in the "crystallization of the concept" of the Palestinian state and of the final status of the occupied territories. 

He reiterated that Egypt will recognize such a state. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has recently stated that Cairo will recognize the Palestinian state, even it is declared without an agreement with Israel -- CAIRO (AFP) 

 

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