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Egypt's Morsi: I'll be president for all Egyptians
25 jun 2012
In his first address to the nation, just hours after being declared Egypt's new president, Mohamed Morsi said that he would be the president of all Egyptians and called on his countrymen to back national unity.

"I am the president of all Egyptians, without exception, be it inside or outside the country."

"I call on you, great people of Egypt ... to strengthen our national unity," he said, adding that national unity "is the only way out of these difficult times."

Egypt’s President Morsi has also paid tribute to the martyrs of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak in February 2011. "I would not be here now as the first president elected by the free will of the Egyptians, without the grace of God and (...) the blood of martyrs," he said, adding the revolution will continue until to achieve all its objectives.

"Thank you to the martyrs, to the souls of the martyrs, the mothers of martyrs, the fathers of martyrs," he added, referring to some 850 people killed in January-February 2011.

Furthermore, Morsi has announced the country’s commitment to all previous international treaties and obligations including peace agreements with Israel signed in 1979.

"I shall maintain all international commitments and obligations to the international community" - said the head of state at his first press conference. "Egypt does not intend to interfere in the affairs of other states, but other countries shall, likewise, not be allowed to meddle in our decision-making,: stressed Morsi.

Meanwhile, AFP reported that the White House Press Secretary Jay Carney congratulated Morsi on his victory and called on him to maintain Egypt’s long-standing role as a pillar of regional peace, security, and stability. Carney's remarks were at least in part a veiled reference to hopes for continued Egyptian cooperation with Israel.

However, Israeli channel 2 News's Arab affairs expert, Ehud Yaari said that Morsi is not looking for war with Israel and he will let the military manage relations with Israel.

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