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Egypt stressed need to bring all countries under the NPT

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Algiers, Jan 18, IRNA
Egypt-US-Iran
Cairo cannot adopt a stance on whether Iran's nuclear case should be referred to the UN Security Council for as long as the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) has not been embraced by all countries, an Egyptian spokesman said on Tuesday.

Egypt's presidential spokesman Suleiman Awad, talking to reporters in Cairo after the meeting Tuesday between Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and the visiting US Vice-President Dick Cheney, stressed the importance of diplomacy and continuation of talks on the Iran nuclear issue.

In the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on various subjects pertaining to the Middle East and the world including latest developments in Palestine, Iraq, Sudan and Lebanon, the spokesman added. He did not disclose details of the Cheney-Mubarak talks.

He said Egypt would like to see all countries become signatories to the NPT and under its rules and regulations, including Israel.

"Tel Aviv is currently the only government in the region that is not a signatory and refuses to put its nuclear sites under IAEA supervision," he pointed out.

US Vice-President Cheney was in Cairo on the first leg of a Middle East tour that includes Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

On Tuesday he held talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo, but did not speak to reporters after the meeting.

Egypt is a member of the governing board of the UN's nuclear watchdog -- the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

It has always complained that the West turns a blind eye to Israel's nuclear capability.

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