Egypt’s Morsi vouches for Palestinian statehood at UN

Click photo to download. Caption: Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi speaks at the UN Sept. 26. Credit: YouTube screenshot. ( Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi told the United Nations General Assmembly on Sept. 26 that his country is offering “full support to any course of action Palestine decides to follow in the United Nations.”

“I call upon all of you, just as you have supported the revolutions of the Arab peoples, to lend your support to the Palestinians in their endeavors to regain the full and legitimate rights of a people struggling to gain its freedom and establish its independent state,” Morsi, elected in June from the Muslim Brotherhood party, said.

Since Morsi’s rise to power, terrorist attacks in the Sinai and reports that Egypt is looking to amend its 1979 peace treaty with Israel have fueled concern in the Jewish state over relations with its southern neighbor.

Slamming Israel, the Egyptian president said at the UN that it is “shameful that the free world accepts, regardless of the justifications provided, that a member of the international community continues to deny the rights of a [Palestinian] nation that has been longing for decades for independence.”

“It is also disgraceful that settlement activities continue on the territories of these people,” he said, referring to Jewish building in Judea and Samaria. 

Morsi did call for a Middle East free of nuclear weapons in his speech at the UN, but stressed that all countries in the region have the right to “peaceful use of nuclear energy within the framework of the [Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty].”

Posted on September 27, 2012 .