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Written by Naharnet   
Thursday, 30 July 2009


Cairo Hits Back at Jumblat: He is Making Advances to Syria, Hizbullah

A crisis broke out between Cairo and Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat over the Druze leader's criticism of the Egyptian government for hosting Israeli leaders to the July 23rd Revolution anniversary.
Jumblat, in his weekly editorial in al-Anbaa, attacked Egypt for hosting Israeli President Shimon Peres and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a ceremony last Thursday to commemorate the July 23rd Revolution.

"It is worth mentioning that Jumblat, a leader in the March 14 coalition and who had received Egyptian support, said things like this on Egypt, which had welcomed him more than once," said Egypt's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Husam Zaki.

"We categorically reject any speculation on Egyptian stances or Egyptian history," Zaki said in remarks published by pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat on Wednesday.

"We are fully aware of the objectives behind Jumblat's remarks," he added.

Zaki would not say more.

Al-Hayat, however, quoted official Egyptian sources in Cairo as saying that Egypt was "not surprised" by Jumblat's statements.

"We are aware that Jumblat has for sometime now been undertaking political re-positioning and is making advances to Syria and Hizbullah," one source said.

The sources downplayed Jumblat's statements "after it became clear that he is a sectarian leader and his rhetoric is filled with political slogans, without any real convictions."

Beirut, 29 Jul 09, 08:33

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