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Morsi Suggests United States' Approach To Arab Relations

Roonhee Ko |
September 24, 2012 | 8:18 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (Creative Commons).
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (Creative Commons).
The death of three American diplomats and U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens are just two recent examples that show the turbulent United States' relationship with the Arab world; anti-American demonstrations have spread throughout the Middle East.

Egypt, now slowly changing to a self-governing country with the help of the U.S., is no exception. President Obama noted that Egypt is no longer an ally after the attack on the U.S. Embassy. Foreign and military aid does not seem to be a solution to ease the relationship between the United States and the Arab world.

Foreign policy experts say Pakistan and the U.S. have different goals in terms of controlling the Taliban, and do not have a shared interest. Despite the attack and ongoing tensions, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi emphasized the importance of a favorable relationship with the U.S. and establishing law and order regarding the help they receive from the U.S. -- in the sum of $70 billion.

However, when Morsi traveled to New York for a United Nations meeting, he said the United States should approach to the Arab world in a different way. He asked for Washington's understanding of Palestinian self-rule in exchange for Egypt respecting the treaty with Israel. He assured the U.S. that Egypt won't be an enemy, but warned he won't be a friend, either. Tensions began when Morsi remained silent after the attack on the U.S. embassy. 

Morsi argued for "a harmonious, peaceful coexistence" but continued on with one condition: peace and justice for the Palestinians as well. He mentioned the 1978 Camp David accord which aimed for full Palestinian self-rule.

The U.S. could achieve this by first showing a positive attitude toward a peace process. It is mediating peace which clarifies that the U.S. is not in an antagonistic relationship with the Islamic world (specifics include: helping the Palestinian's economic world by investments).

The U.S. should interpret its responsibility to Israel and resolve the misunderstandings since Israel is significant in military aspects. This would streghten U.S. ties with the Israel. 

Morsi demonstated how eliminating ambiguities and uncertan announcements in peace treaties are the first steps toward peace.  

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