Morsi backs out of Pak summit to ‘monitor Israel-Hamas truce’

Islamabad, Nov 22: Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has backed out of a scheduled visit to Islamabad, where he was due to attend the Developing Eight summit, the Pakistan government has said.

Morsi had been slated to join the Islamabad talks but media sources in Egypt said he would now stay home to monitor the truce between Israel and Hamas, reports The Dawn.

In Pakistan, officials said Egyptian Vice President Mahmud Mekki had arrived instead of Morsi.

“The Egyptian vice president is representing his country at the summit on behalf of President Morsi, who is not coming,” said one foreign ministry official.

Pakistan, which wants to use the D8 to improve its international standing, had welcomed Morsi’s prospective visit as the first by an Egyptian head of state in four decades.

Morsi, a leading member of Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood, was elected in June in Egypt’s first election since a popular revolt brought down secular strongman Hosni Mubarak. He resigned from his Brotherhood-led party, the FJP, and vowed to represent all Egyptians, but his elevation raised concerns about Cairo’s peace treaty with Israel and its ties with Hamas, part of the Brotherhood movement. (ANI)