Mohamed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood's new presidential candidate, officially launched his campaign on Saturday, under the banner "Islam is the Solution."
Mursi, who was named the movement's candidate after the disqualification of Khairat al-Shater, held a press conference and told reporters that under his regime, Cairo would respect its international treaties.
Asked whether he would meet with Israeli officials Mursi said: "The president is obligated to express the people's wishes and honor all international agreements, but he cannot be made to execute any externally-dictated policies."
He further stressed the he would lend special priority to the Palestinian issue.
"We intend to make the Palestinian issue our main issue. It should be like that for whoever is elected as the president of Egypt. We can definitely stand up to the world and say that the Palestinians have rights," he pledged.
Mursi's main rival in the elections, former Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa, also addressed Israel-Egypt relation Saturday, while touring the Aswan province.
Moussa said that under his leadership, "We will demand that the Middle East become a free of nuclear weapons and that that measure will be imposed on Israel before it is imposed on Iran."
Moussa's hard-line politics vis-à-vis Jerusalem are known and he has recently stated that if elected – he would demand the revision of the Israel-Egypt peace treaty.
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