World Bulletin / News Desk
Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi told Israel on Tuesday he wanted to work for peace in the Middle East, in the first official message sent by the Arab state's new Islamist leadership to the Jewish state.
"I am looking forward to exerting our best efforts to get the Middle East peace process back to its right track in order to achieve security and stability for all peoples of the region, including (the) Israeli people," Mursi said in the letter to Israeli President Shimon Peres.
A spokesman for Mursi in Cairo could not be reached for comment on the letter, written in English and released by the office of the Israeli president.
An Israeli official who spoke on condition of anonymity said Mursi's letter was "a general message with a positive spirit, but did not indicate any new direction" in bilateral relations.
Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak had guaranteed the 1979 peace treaty with Israel for decades.
The presidency in Israel is a largely ceremonial post. Peres had sent Mursi two letters, his office said, one congratulating him for winning the vote and a second letter of greetings to mark the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had also sent Mursi a letter congratulating him on his electoral victory, though he has not yet received a reply.
The Middle East peace process has stalled, with U.S.-brokered negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians breaking down in 2010 because Israel refused to stop illegal settlements.Last Mod: 31 Temmuz 2012, 18:07