Obama commends Egyptian efforts on Israel-Gaza: White House

WASHINGTON Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:49pm EST

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama called Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi on Friday to commend the country's efforts to help calm the situation in Israel and Gaza and underscored his hope of restoring stability there, the White House said.

Egypt's prime minister, Hisham Kandil, has said Cairo is prepared to mediate a truce in the growing violence between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that runs the Gaza Strip. Egypt's government is allied with Hamas, but is also party to a 1979 peace treaty with Israel.

(Reporting By Lisa Lambert; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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DonDeMarco wrote:
Kind of strange, Morsi threatened Israel earlier in the day. Hmmmm, do you think Obama even know what country he is in?

Nov 16, 2012 11:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
matthewslyman wrote:
@DonDeMarco: It’s just smart politics by Obama. The Egyptian people want to hear him flatter their president-elect. Pounding the fist on the table would not help, would it?

Nov 17, 2012 1:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
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