June 30 - Mohamed Mursi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, tells the nation he will uphold existing international treaties. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Fresh from swearing in as Egypt's new president on Saturday Mohamed Mursi told a jubilant crowd at Cairo University that his government is committed to upholding the country's international agreements. Amid fears from some that a shift towards Islamist rule might undermine peace agreements with Israel and lead to cuts in U.S. military aid, Mursi reiterated his commitment to existing treaties. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPT'S PRESIDENT, MOHAMED MURSI, SAYING: "We carry a message of peace to the world and we carry with it a message of righteousness and justice. And as we have always promised we emphasize Egypt's commitment to international treaties and agreements. We will look after these treaties and agreements." On Palestinian issues Egypt's new president expressed his sympathy with their cause to obtain international "full legitimate rights" SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPT'S PRESIDENT, MOHAMED MURSI, SAYING: "The state of Egypt, its people, the nation and the government and the presidential institution stands with the Palestinian people until they receive their full legitimate rights. And we will work on the realization of the reconciliation, the national Palestinian reconciliation, in order for the Palestinian people to unite and take back their land." Earlier Mursi, took his oath in the constitutional court, instead of parliament, because the court had dissolved the Islamist-led lower house earlier this month. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters