Morsi's First Message to Israel

Egypt's President Wrote to Peres: I Hope for Peace and Stability in Middle East

Mohammed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood official, thanks the Israeli president for offering him blessings ahead of the month of Ramadan.

Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi sent a missive to President Shimon Peres, wishing stability and security for all of the region's nations, including Israel.

"I am looking forward to exerting our best efforts to get the Middle East peace process back to its right track in order to achieve security and stability for all peoples of the region, including [the] Israeli people," Morsi said in the missive.

The short letter, dating July 15, was delivered Tuesday to Peres' military adviser Brigadier General Hasson Hasson by a diplomat from the Egyptian embassy in Tel Aviv. The missive came as a response to a message sent by Peres a month ago, in which the president congratulated Morsi for his victory in the elections, and offered his blessing ahead of the month of Ramadan.

In his answer in English, the Egyptian president thanked Peres for his congratulatory message.

"It was with deep thanks that I received your congratulations on the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan," Morsi wrote.

Last month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a missive to Morsi congratulating him on winning the Egyptian election. Netanyahu offered to cooperate with the new government in Cairo and expressed his hope that both parties would observe the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty.

Netanyahu's letter was the first official message from Israel to a representative of the Muslim Brotherhood, which won both the parliamentary elections and the presidential elections in Egypt.

Since his victory, Morsi and his aides stressed to U.S. and European officials that they intend to respect all international treaties which Egypt has signed, including the peace treaty with Israel.