Mubarak, Cheney stress Damascus abidance to international resolution
Egypt-USA, Politics, 1/18/2006
An Egyptian official source said that the talks of the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak with the US vice president Dick Cheney "did not come out with solutions for the Lebanese- Syrian crisis "
Mubarak held talks with Cheney in Egypt that lasted almost two hours and dealt with several issues including the situation in Iraq after the elections which took place in December 2005 as well as the Lebanese- Syrian file. Talks also dealt with the Palestinian- Israeli conflict and the illness of the Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon.
The spokesman for the Egyptian Presidency Suleiman Awad said that the two sides agreed that any solution should be built on abiding by international legitimacy and implementation of UN Security Council resolutions.
He said that an outlet should be made for this issue so as Syria would maintain cooperation with the investigation committee on the one hand, and preserve Syria's dignity, on the other.
Concerning the Iranian nuclear file, Awad said that Cheney asked for Egypt support to bring the Iranian nuclear file to the UN Security Council on the ground that Egypt is a member at the council of the governors of the International Agency For Atomic Energy. He added that the Egyptian government will wait to see whether there is a consensus at the IAAE to bring Iran to the UN Security Council.
However, Awad stressed that Egypt "can not ignore the unwavering position it has adopted for a long time which is to reject double standards by concentrating on Iran's nuclear activities and ignoring the nuclear arsenals owned by Israel."
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