A leading candidate running for president in Egypt has demanded the revision of the 1979 peace accord with Israel, calling the treaty a threat to Egypt’s national security.
“I still view the peace treaty as a national security threat to Egypt, and it must be revised,” said Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh in an interview with the private Egyptian CBC satellite station on Saturday.
Abul Fotouh, a front-runner in the upcoming election according to polls, had already described Israel as an “enemy” of Egypt in a televised debate with his main contender, former foreign minister and Arab League chief Amr Mussa.
“It is a treaty that forbids Egypt from exercising full sovereignty in the Sinai and allows Israelis to enter Sinai without visas, while they need visas for Cairo,” he added.
According to the peace treaty, which led to Israel’s withdrawal from Sinai after capturing it in a 1967 war, the Egyptian military cannot be present in certain parts of the peninsula.
Abul Fotouh emphasized that Israel is “a racist state with 200 nuclear warheads” that continued to pose a threat to Egypt.
The Egyptian presidential election is to be held on May 23 and 24, with a run-off on June 16 and 17, if necessary.
This will be the country’s first presidential race since the toppling of the US-backed regime of Hosni Mubarak in a popular 2011 revolution.
SS/HGH/MA Source: PressTV http://presstv.com/detail/241035.html