Egypt says wants to rid region of nuclear arms

A May 2008 U.S. cable released by WikiLeaks quoted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak as warning U.S. officials Egypt might develop nuclear arms if Iran obtained them.

Egypt says wants to rid region of nuclear arms


Egypt is not seeking to acquire nuclear arms and wants to rid the region of such weapons, Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said on Saturday.

Iran and Egypt severed ties in 1980 after Egypt, Israel signed a peace accord three decades ago despite its occupation on Palestinian territories. Since then, Egypt has maintained diplomatic and economic ties with nuclear-armed Israel.

A May 2008 U.S. cable released by WikiLeaks quoted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak as warning U.S. officials Egypt might develop nuclear arms if Iran obtained them.

In 2007, Mubarak announced the resumption of a decades-old nuclear programme for generating electricity and the bid for Egypt's first nuclear power station is due in weeks.

"Egypt does not seek to get nuclear arms because they would not be used and because their costs are huge. But we seek to rid the region of nuclear arms," Gheit told reporters on the sidelines of the ruling party's conference.


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