20 January 2013

Egypt: Morsi to a German Newspaper - Peace Agreement With Israel Is Respected

President Mohamed Morsi has renewed respect for the peace agreement signed with Israel saying he will not seek to turn Egypt into a religious state.

In an interview with a German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine, President Morsi said Egypt is seeking through its foreign policy to establish balanced relations with all countries expressing support for Germany to play a bigger role in the Middle East.

He said Egypt will not turn into a religious state adding he has a strong belief in the state in which power circulation in is taking place smoothly, democracy and freedoms are prevailing, opposition is respected and social justice is observed.

He said his campaign against the remnants of the former regime is restricted to legal means adding he will combat dictatorship and bureaucracy, which prevailed for a long time, within the framework of law and judiciary.

Morsi said he is keen to protect the interest of all Egyptians adding demonstrations which broke out in protest against the constitution are normal and follow long time of dictatorship. He said all Egyptians are equal before law regardless of their beliefs and religions. He said the constitution guarantees equal rights for Copts and women.

President Morsi will head for Germany by the end of January at an invitation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Presidential Spokesman Yasser Ali said Saturday.

Morsi will meet with President François Hollande of France early in February following his visit to Germany.

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