Moussa: Committed to Palestinian-Israeli Peace, but Not at Any Price

Amr Moussa, outgoing Arab League secretary general and Egyptian presidential candidate says Egypt will regain regional influence, plans to 'work diligently and seriously to establish peace'.

Amr Moussa, the Arab League's outgoing chief and leading Egyptian presidential candidate told French television on Thursday that he is committed to working toward a Palestinian-Israeli peace, but not at any price, according to an AFP report.

"Egypt's position will have to get back to a position of influence in the region and to follow the right policy, which is to establish peace, not at any price," he told France 24 during a visit to Paris.

He reportedly added that he plans to "work diligently and seriously to establish peace" if elected, "not just to move around, joining meetings and so on".


Moussa, a 74-year-old Egyptian politician who served as secretary general of the Arab League since 2001, is considered a leading potential replacement for ousted President Hosni Mubarak in the upcoming Egyptian elections to be held by the end of the year. Prior to his appointment as Arab League chief, Moussa served as foreign minister in Mubarak's government.

Moussa said rebuilding Egypt "requires peace and stability around us. It certainly doesn't need adventurous policies. But at the same time ... we need fairness, and our commitment to Palestinian statehood is unshakable."