CAIRO, June 30: Egypt´s newly elected president has sent an implicit message of reassurance to Israel in his first major address after taking office, but he also pledged support for the "legitimate rights" of the Palestinians.
Islamist Mohammed Morsi said Saturday that his administration will continue to honor its international treaties — a thinly veiled reference to the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty.
Relations between the two neighbors have become particularly tense since last year´s overthrow of Morsi´s predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, who had forged close ties with the Jewish state during his 29-year rule.
Morsi was sworn in Saturday as Egypt´s first freely elected president and the Arab world´s first Islamist head of state.
The rise to power of Egyptian Islamists has been a source of alarm among many Israelis.
In this image made from Egyptian State Television, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi makes remarks after he was sworn in at the Supreme Consitutional Court in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 30, 2012. Islamist Mohammed Morsi has been sworn in before Egypt´s highest court as the country´s first freely elected president, succeeding Hosni Mubarak who was ousted 16 months ago. Photo:AP