Egyptian FM warns of nuclear race in Mideast region

15:17, April 12, 2010      

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Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit on Sunday warned of a possible nuclear race between Iran and Israel in the Middle East region.

In an interview with the Egyptian official TV Channel One before flying to the United States for a nuclear summit, Abul Gheit insisted that Israel must join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), while urging Iran not to try to possess nuclear weapons.

"If Iran becomes nuclear, that will lead to the spread of nuclear weapons in the region," said the minister, stressing that in such a case the Arab world might be compelled to join a nuclear race.

Abul Gheit underlined the need to reach a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear program issue, downplaying the effect of international sanctions on Iran.

"Egypt believes that any military action against Iran will have very serious consequences on the entire region," Abul Gheit said.

Abul Gheit will arrive in Washington late Sunday to attend the U.S.-hosted nuclear security summit, which is aimed to set up a mechanism preventing nuclear weapons from reaching dangerous hands.

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